By Stu Salkeld The Stettler Independent
One of Stettler’s biggest and best fundraising and community activities is coming up soon: the 20th annual Festival of Lights Nov. 27 to Dec. 2.
Festival chair Sue Peterson said proceeds from the event support the local hospital, which advises the non-profit society on purchases.
This year the festival will support the purchase of a LUCAS System chest compressor, which aids patients in ambulances, and a Stryker Pro Power XT 6506 stretcher, a specialized piece of equipment which features hydraulic power. The items range between $14,000 and $17,000 each.
Another special celebration is being marked in 2017 too. “It’s our 20th anniversary,” said Peterson. She noted the overwhelming support of the community means this year the festival should go over a total of $1 million raised.
She said supporting local healthcare is something that helps everyone. “Everybody uses the hospital, whether they want to or not,” said Peterson.
The week features an unbelievable schedule of events, with the festival opening at the Stettler Community Hall on the Tuesday at noon until 5 p.m. On the Friday, the festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Artisan Christmas Market is also open at the centre during the same hours, and features holiday snacks and treats, home décor, furniture, clothing, artwork and much more.
The week is also packed with special events. On Nov. 28 the ATCO Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Advance tickets are $10 per adult of $5 for kids aged 5 to 10 years, plus four and under eat for free.
Also on Nov. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is “Christmas Spirits,” a holiday social gathering that offers seasonal drinks, snacks and special entertainment The Jazz Guys. Advance tickets are only $30.
On Wed., Nov. 29 “Sharing the Season” seniors tea will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with a $5 entry fee at the door. This is followed later in the day from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. by “Art and Cheer,” where for only a $35 fee you can create your own painting with instructor Stephanie Hadley.
Get your appetite ready for Nov. 30 featuring “A&W Burgers and Beer Family Night” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 kids 5 to 10, four and under eat for free. Gluten-free options will be available.
Plan to attend the big Dec. 1 events, the “Holly Jolly Lunch” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $10 per person and enjoy not only a hot lunch, but shopping and a silent auction, along with the “Children’s Wonderland” at the agriplex from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The wonderland is $2 per person and features pictures with Santa, cookies, face painting, crafts as well as a kid’s shopping table where they can pick out family gifts.
The week will be topped off by the Sat., Dec. 2 Christmas gala and dinner with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and live entertainment by Renegade Station, the 2016 ACMA Group of the Year. Silent and live auction also on tap, advance tickets are $65 and sell out quickly.
Also featured throughout the week will be a mini-raffle, door prizes and the tribute tree.
Go online at www.stettlerhealthfoundation.com for more info.