The Western Elgin Home for Christmas Event runs November 23rd to December 7th with more than fifty businesses in Dutton, Wallacetown, Rodney, West Lorne and surrounding areas offering special "Home for Christmas" draws. Photos below are from four of the participating businesses, The Arts & Cookery Bank and Alley Kat Music in West Lorne, and Country Seat Upholstery and Lavender Sense in Wallacetown.
Victorian Christmas Dinner at the Backus-Page House Museum
Volunteers at the Backus-Page House Museum served up their annual historically-flavoured dinner on Saturday. The multi-course meal featured goose plus a bounty of other local food, all served up artfully and accompanied by interludes of entertainment from Jeff Booth, members of the Treble Makers Women's Choir and students from West Elgin Secondary School.
Christmas in Rodney
It was a busy weekend for Santa themed parades all over Elgin, with West Lorne, Port Stanley, Port Burwell, Springfield, Belmont, Fingal and Rodney parading out some family fun and escorting the Holiday Elf into town. Photos below show some of the pre-parade activities and preparations in Rodney Saturday afternoon.
Rodney Christmas celebrations included a library program, Snake Lady Show, wagon rides, hot dogs and hot chocolate sponsored by Lions Club and Fairles, and was topped off by an evening parade downtown and visit from Santa after the parade.
The Annual Carol Sing in St. Thomas on Sunday featured music by the Salvation Army Band, special guest speaker Rev. Diane Macpherson and emcee Steve Peters. The church volunteers once again baked up a storm of the popular church shaped cookies, and mince tarts and served them with hot apple cider. The free will offering goes to the Salvation Army Winter Relief program. This year, a special presentation was made of donors plaques restored by Al Jewell Perfect Signs. Find out more about the 1824 church and how you can help with the restoration fund at http://www.oldstthomaschurch.com/.