In what's become an annual community tradition, the “Friends of the Museum” once again is planning a free family fun day early next month.
“SnOasis 7: Snowflake Heaven” is slated for Saturday, March 2 from noon-2 p.m. at the Rainy Lake Square on Scott Street.
“Friends” president Robert Schulz said the group of volunteers is looking forward to staging the event for a seventh year.
“The two main events that the 'Friends' hold are the annual gala and 'SnOasis,'” he told the Times.
“The gala is our biggest fundraiser and is aimed at a specific crowd: adults," Schulz noted. ”'SnOasis' caters to families and children, and is free of charge other than a voluntary donation box.
“Over the years, the event has remained very popular and the 'Friends' also enjoy the event,” he remarked.
For several years, “SnOasis” was held at the Lions Park and in the parking lot at the Fort Frances Public Library.
This will be the second year for “SnOasis” at the Rainy Lake Square.
“Last year, our first at the market square, was a big hit and injected a new enthusiasm for the 'Friends' to continue on with the event,” Schulz said.
“Having the event at the market square made everything much easier as we don't have to transport our props and the barbecue over to the library,” he explained.
"It is also a great place to set up the barbecue and the fire pit.
“Having the event at the square also helps to promote the use of the square for other events,” he reasoned.
The event will include face-painting, children's games such as “Glacier Golf" and the "Frosty Toss," hot chocolate, "auger” dogs, fried bannock at the fire pit, and more.
As mentioned, admission is free.
Schulz said most of the details already are in place for this year's “SnOasis.”
“We are set for volunteers this year but we could always do with more down the road,” he noted.
“We actually have groups that want to join and be part of the event,” added Schulz.
“This leads me to believe the event could get much larger in the future.”