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'SnOasis' all set to go Saturday

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Families will have a chance to celebrate winter on Saturday when the Friends of Fort Frances Museum hosts “SnOasis 7: Snowflake Heaven” at the Rainy Lake Square.

The free event will run from noon-2 p.m., and organizers are inviting everyone to dress warm and come out once again this year.

“We are really excited to have the event at the heart of our downtown,” said lead organizer Samantha Manty.

“It's really nice to have it at the Rainy Lake Square," she added. ”It feels like it brings the community together.

“It's nice to have events there in the winter, as well.”

Manty was instrumental in organizing the first “SnOasis” and has been a part of it ever since.

“I am really proud of the event; for what it's grown into,” she remarked.

"We started it seven years ago and to look at what it's become now, and to know people look forward to it, it's a really good feeling.

“I just think it's great to offer a free event and encourage families to get out together and play," she reasoned. ”Winter's long and cold and there's little to do, but we love encouraging people to get out and have fun.

“That's really what the event is about.”

Friends of Fort Frances Museum volunteers will be running fun winter-related games such as “Glacier Golf," "Frosty Toss,” an obstacle course, bowling, and a scavenger hunt.

Some games will be held in the lane behind the Rainy Lake Square, which will be blocked off for the two hours.

“Fun in the Sun" volunteers, meanwhile, will stage a "Shoot the Puck at the Duck” game.

“We are looking forward to that,” Manty said.

“It's nice to grow our partnerships a little bit, so that's exciting," she added, noting the Friends of the Museum likely will be seeking out more partners to host activities in conjunction with "SnOasis” next year.

FITS volunteers also will be selling “Rubber Duckie” raffle tickets for the race slated for Saturday, June 15 at the Sorting Gap Marina.

Fun in the Sun is holding the raffle in partnership with the Fort Frances Lions Club.

If kids work up an appetite from playing games, the Sunset Country Métis will have a fire pit set up in the lane behind the square, where they will be serving up bannock on a stick.

As well, Friends of the Museum volunteers will be roasting their now-famous “auger dogs” on the barbecue.

The forecast is calling for blustery conditions on Saturday but don't worry—in addition to the fire pit to warm up beside, the public can go inside the museum where there will be face-painting, hot chocolate and cookies, and “Storytime” yoga with Meghan Spooner.

Spooner's yoga was a hit with kids last year, and Manty noted Spooner even has come up with a new story for them to act out through yoga stretches.

Manty added having the museum host some of the “SnOasis” activities is a good way to get people to learn more about the museum, how beautiful the facility is, and what it offers.

The event is supported by the Friends of the Museum, Friends of the Library, Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, Sunset Country Métis, and Safeway.

Any questions? Call Sherry George at 274-7891.

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