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Anten Mills by Dennis Gannon

From the song with the same lyrics, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas“, especially in Anten Mills the words resonate with our community. “Everywhere you go”, Christmas lights are on and homes are sparkling with glitter. This weekend things will even look more like Christmas as we celebrate the Anten Mills Community Recreation Association, Christmas in the Village. The festivities will kick off on Saturday evening with the Tree Lighting. The fun begins at 5:45 when thanks to Snow Valley Ski Resort, the SnoTube slide will open. This fun slide provides the excitement of sliding down the snow tube slopes at the ski hill in a scaled down version using smaller tubes than on the ski hill. As it is an early start, hot dogs and chips will be provided along with hot apple cider and hot chocolate. Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck around 6:30 escorted by the members of the Springwater Fire and Rescue Service. Who doesn’t want a picture with Santa and you can take any that you want with your family and children by the fire truck. Santa’s firefighter helpers will be there to assist and if you ask, they may even get in the photo with you. At 7PM, there will be the big countdown and the switch will be turned on lighting up the night with the over 1500 lights on the tree, the big twinkling star on top and on the ground displays. To top it all off, fireworks will cap off the night from the baseball diamond thanks to a generous community family. Sunday will be our 25th annual Santa Claus parade. As our longest community tradition and started by two ladies from our community who wanted to spread some Christmas cheer over 2 decades ago it should be one of the best. The parade will start at the corner of Laddies Lane and Pinery and work its way through the village coming to the end at the community centre. Back at the community centre there will be hot drinks, snacks, awards and some seasonal greetings. Parade entries are still welcome so feel free to dress up your family, your pet or build a float and be at the marshaling area at 12:30. The parade route is posted with this article and on the Anten Mills Community Bulletin Facebook page. It would be appreciated if you live along the route that you have your family and guests park in your driveway or an adjacent street and not on your street. With cars parked along the roadway it is difficult for some of the larger participants to make their way safely with narrow roads.

The holiday season is one about giving and our Anten Mills community is a very giving one. Recently the Elmvale and District Foodbank put out an appeal that they are low on supplies. The rain last Wednesday when the CP Holiday Train made their stop in Midhurst likely didn’t help with donations. The Anten Mills CRA has in the past made the decision that our community events would support the foodbank and the Christmas in the Village events are the perfect opportunity to donate. There will be bins at the tree lighting for donations and during the parade donations will be picked up by volunteers along the route for the foodbank and for the Simcoe County Paramedics Toy Drive.  The foodbank is in need of tomato and apple juice, pancake mix, maple syrup, canned fruit, cereal, cheese whiz, cookies, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish, pickles and bbq sauce. Please consider getting these items when shopping and let’s have a pickup truck load of food to go to the foodbank from our events.

The next edition of this column will be just before Christmas. For the past several years we have had the “Official, Unofficial outdoor Christmas Decoration Contest”. The judges travel the village looking for the best and innovative decorations in the community. Anten Mills has always been a community that many travel to looking at the decorations that adorn our homes. The judges will again travel about the community over the next several weeks and take nighttime photos of the decorations and with the editors permission, will post photos of the “Official, Unofficial” winners. This is your chance to get your family Christmas decorations seen by thousands so start decorating now if you haven’t.

Friday night our neighbours in Minesing will have their 3rd annual Tractor Parade. Started during the pandemic as a way of sharing some Christmas spirit, the parade will make its way through the Minesing village on Friday night starting at 7. Hopefully the parade route will  be posted in this edition of the paper and we will make certain that it is posted on our Facebook page.

That’s all for this week. If you need more information on the weekend events check the Facebook page or send an email to antenmillschristmas@gmail.com. THANKS for READING and BE SAFE.

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