The Fort Frances Choraliers are hoping the mayor and council are in the Christmas spirit.
Choir director Diane Maxey is asking council if it would like to sponsor the Choraliers by way of an in-kind donation.
The group of 75 singers will be performing a Christmas cantata, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre.
Prior to last year, the Choraliers performed at the New Beginnings Fellowship but an increase in the number of singers necessitated a venue change, explained Maxey.
“We are a non-profit group and do not charge audience members,” she noted in a letter to council.
"We do, however, have a free-will offering which goes toward our expenses.
“In addition, each choir member pays $20 which helps defray the cost of our music,” she added.
It costs the Choraliers roughly $1,850 to perform at the Townshend Theatre, which Maxey said is “a lot for a group of volunteers who just like to sing and bring some musical enjoyment to the community.”
“That is why we need some sponsors if we are to continue our performances,” she wrote.
“So, on behalf of the Choraliers, if you are able to help out financially in any way, please let me know.”
Also at tonight's council meeting, Rick Wiedenhoeft of the OFSAA curling committee will make a presentation.
As well, more community members will be presented with “Canada 150” volunteer pins starting at 7 p.m.
The committee of the whole will meet first at 5:30 p.m., but go in-camera for an indefinite length of time to discuss two items.
Other business on tonight's agenda includes:
- a verbal update on capital projects;
- a report re: 2018 user fees;
- a letter from Mark Caron, president of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, re: the 2018 tourism advertising grant;
- a public hearing re: an application for tax adjustment at 602 Fourth St. W. resulting from the demolition of a garage;
- a letter from Jacquee Loerzel, community family violence counsellor at Riverside Community Counselling Services, asking council to proclaim November as “Woman Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month” and raise a flag a purple flag at the Civic Centre;
- a letter from Oakwood Road resident R. Brown re: driveway concerns;
- a letter from Scott and Tara Hamilton re: development of land at 1341 Woodward St.;
- a letter from Alicia Pinelli, outreach and education team member of the National Eating Disorder Information Centre, re: proclaiming the week of Feb. 1-8, 2018 as “Eating Disorder Awareness Week” in the Town of Fort Frances; and
- a bylaw re: to authorize execution of a site plan control agreement as a condition of development with Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board.