A haggis on Robbie Burns Night is a tradition at the Ashcroft Legion. Now the Legion wants to start a new annual tradition: a children’s Christmas party, complete with Santa himself. Photo: Barbara Roden.

Ashcroft Legion hopes to start new annual tradition

Fundraising will soon be starting for the first Ashcroft Legion children’s Christmas party.

Amie Dow—a bartender and server at Ashcroft’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch #113—and the branch’s bar manager, Steve Clark, hope to start a new tradition: an annual Legion Christmas party for the children in the area served by the branch, whether a member of their family is a Legion member or not.

“The idea has been okayed by the board of Branch #113,” says Dow, adding that the idea for the party came after she and Clarke visited Clinton Legion Branch #194 last December and heard about the annual Christmas party they hold.

“I thought ‘Why don’t we do that and start a tradition here?’ I remember going to Legion Christmas parties when I was a child in Cloverdale. I looked forward to it all year.”

Clark, who grew up in Cache Creek, says he can’t remember the Ashcroft Legion ever holding such an event. “But we have a pretty good idea of what they’ve done in Clinton.”

Dow says that while they haven’t worked out all the details, they do know they want the event to become an annual tradition. “It will be an all-day event. We’re looking at Christmas cookie decorating, face painting, kids’ entertainment, gifts, hot dogs, refreshments, all at no charge.” She confirms that there will also be an appearance by Santa Claus, and says she hopes to build a bit of a North Pole display in the Legion.

A number of fundraising ideas have already been considered, and the first will be a chili cook-off, with members of the public purchasing a ticket to sample the various dishes concocted by participants. No date has been set, but Dow says that it will be coming soon. She adds that anyone who wants to give a hand with fundraising, or who has any fundraising ideas, is encouraged to be in touch with her or Clark.

“We just want to bring the community together, and hold something that kids and families can look forward to,” says Dow. “I think it would be a great tradition. And the Legion is all about community.”

“We’re right at the beginning of organizing this,” says Clark. “But we want to make something nice for the community.”

Children will have to register in advance for the event. To help out or get more information, email Dow at amiedow@gmail.com or Clark at steel-wolf-eyes2009@hotmail.com.

Just Posted

100 Mile Free Press and Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal win Canadian Community Newspaper Award for Fire Fight

“[It] should be shared with all the people who told us their stories and trusted us with them”

Familiar face returns to Gold Country Communities Society

Marcie Down has left the Village of Cache Creek to become the society’s new executive director.

Cache Creek campground finally reopens after flooding

Brookside Campground was closed for more than 11 weeks after this year’s floods.

Rolgear takes another step forward with European patent

Company is proof that building a better mousetrap — or screwdriver — pays off.

Ashcroft gets rainbow crosswalk

The colourful crosswalk on Railway Avenue is a sign of welcome and inclusion.

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

Hundreds of athletes and thousands of volunteers, coaches, parents and officials

B.C. city wants pot punted from farmland

Concerned about conversion from growing food to making marijuana

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

No decision on B.C. school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

The BC Review Board could not determine whether Gabriel Klein, 21, is fit to stand trial

Canadian government threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

U.S president had suggested that auto imports pose a national security risk to the U.S.

Wildfire evacuation order forces bride to search for new wedding venue

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is under an order due to the Mount Eneas wildfire south of Peachland

Recent online kitten abuse video raises serious social media questions

UBC and UFV profs weigh in on the subject of online sharing, shaming, and our digital landscape

UPDATED: ICBC fights back against claims that it’s ‘ripping off’ B.C. RV drivers

Canadian Taxpayers Federation is urging the provincial government to open up ICBC to competition

Summerland issues State of Local Emergency in response to wildfire

Two homes under evacuation order; evacuation alert remains in place as result of wildfire

Most Read