New Year’s Eve for families in Minden Hills
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | Dec. 22, 2016
About 200 people are expected to attend the Township of Minden Hills’ Family Fun New Year’s Eve this year.
For families with young children, or adults who struggle to stay awake until midnight, it is a nice alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. and running until 8 p.m. at the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena.
Lynda Litwin, who sits on the Minden Hills Municipal Events Committee, said it’s the event’s seventh year.
“We started the Sesquicentennial year and have kept the tradition going since then,” she said.
It has definitely become a tradition in Minden Hills, Litwin added, with many looking forward to it because it is so family-oriented.
It is entirely free and features skating and tobogganing, hot chocolate, a fire to warm up and a chance to roast marshmallows. Families are reminded to bring their own
skates and toboggans.
The snack bar will also be open, which is nice for those that want to grab a fast supper, or snack bar treat.
“Many families in the community enjoy getting together to celebrate on New Year’s Eve … skating to the tunes played while they enjoy a hot chocolate during a break. There is always the hill in the back of the arena for a toboggan ride as well,” Litwin said.
A lot goes into the planning of this Dec. 31 event. Along with Elisha Weiss, the community development coordinator, there is a committee that organizes and plans events over a number of months. The facility arena staff help pull it all together, assisting with set up and maintenance.
“Elisha has everything so well organized,” Litwin said. “The most popular attractions are the music and mood lighting in the ice surface, with warm-up time in the lobby with a cup of hot chocolate.”
Litwin said it is one of her favourite events.
“The mix of the crowd is wonderful. There are couples that are on their own and enjoy being part of a larger group. There are families that enjoy an evening together to celebrate the year. There are friends that gather and enjoy an activity together to celebrate their continued friendship.
“And, with the timeframe of 6-8 p.m., it is a great after-dinner activity and you’re snuggled home for the midnight countdown.”
Other New Year’s Eve events: The Dominion Hotel in downtown Minden is hosting a Kitchen Party Music Jam between 2 and 5 p.m. All are welcome.
Bring your guitar, drums, keyboard, mouth harp or just go to watch. No cover.
The Wilberforce Legion is having a New Year’s Eve party 9 p.m. to close - $20/person includes buffet, spot dances, door prize – DJ Pat Casselman – Tickets available at he branch.
Christmas Eve service and Communion celebration at the Haliburton United Church with guest singers Kate Campbell, John Miller and Deniella Rivard starting at 7 p.m. at 10 George St. at Pine Street. (Editor’s note: This is not a complete list of things happening on New Year’s Eve, just a snapshot of items we were able to find online).
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.