First Night Celebration first rate
(L-R) Kyle Calahesin, Cordell Collett and Camden Collett. They and many other people enjoyed a free skating session in the Sports Palace Rec Centre on New Year’s Eve.
South Peace News
The Bethel Baptist Church Youth Group held a series of activities for families at the Sports Palace Rec Centre on New Year’s Eve, aka the First Night Celebration.
This is the second year the Group has held this event, and entry was by donation.
“It provides a fun alternative for families,” says Blaine Collett, who works with the Group.
Families enjoyed orange juice, hot chocolate and popcorn for snacks in the lobby.
The cookie decorating, hat making and face painting activities were also held in the lobby. Children decorated gingerbread cookies with icing, jellybeans and sprinkles. For the face painting, whiskers, button noses, rainbows and horns were all the rage.
For their hats, the children could choose coloured paper, pipe cleaners, glue, stars, yarn, coloured markers and balloons to make them. Some children made their hats wizard-cap style, while others made crowns.
The hats were judged in the arena later in the evening, and the winners were Kyle Calahesin, Alan Florence, Paulette Lapointe and Elijah Supernault. They each received a prize for their efforts.
Free skating was held in the arena, and some families brought their strollers and sleds onto the ice too.
A paper airplane contest was also held in the arena. Contestants had to throw their airplanes at targets on the ice, and prizes were provided in this event as well.
The New Year’s countdown was held in the arena at 10:15 p.m., with cheering and hugging all around. Collett explains that families would start to go home by 10 p.m., so it was decided to hold the countdown earlier in the evening.
The First Night Celebration ended at 12:15 a.m. Happy New Year!
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