by Lorraine Payette, written December 7, 2013
(GANANOQUE, ON) The early snow lent a perfect backdrop on November 30 as Gananoque held its annual Santa Claus parade down King Street East. Six blocks of carollers, floats, bands and marchers lit up the night, as hundreds of people gathered to cheer them on. Free hot chocolate was handed out to by-standers, and Santa and two of his reindeer took time after the parade to meet with local children. This was on the heels of a successful teddy bear toss held by the Gananoque Jr. B Islanders, in partnership with the Gananoque BIA and Big Bass Challenge. A first annual event, it was designed to benefit many local children.
“The Teddy Bear Toss took place on Friday November 29th as the Islanders took on the Athens Aeros at the Gananoque Recreation Centre,” said Lisa Bird of the BIA. “The Islanders encouraged fans to support the event by bringing a new stuffed toy to toss after the Islanders first goal of the night against the visiting Aeros.”
Those who could not make it to the game were encouraged to stop off at All About Books to drop off a Teddy Bear, toy or books, into the Toy Box or visit Gananoque Chev Cadillac and help fill the trunk of one of the cars in the showroom.