Christmas in Saugeen Shores’ new concept an overwhelming success

Saturday, November 18th (2023) was a hive of activity in Saugeen Shores with craft sales and Bazaars, that included vendors of all kinds with handcrafted items, and delicious homemade baked goods.

There were three groups that participated in a new concept this year, ‘Christmas in Saugeen Shores’, where the groups collaborated in a new punch-card idea.  At each location, visitors could have their cards punched and, at the end of the day, enter them for a number of prizes.  The new concept resulted in each bazaar or craft sale being busy and supported.

The groups that participated were the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at the Plex, the Southampton Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) and the Marine Heritage Society at the Chantry Centre 55+.

“The Community Christmas in Saugeen Shores, “punch card” activity was an overwhelming success!” said Marine Heritage Society and concept organizer, Deb Kaufman. “We had people join our Christmas venues from as far away as Toronto, Burlington, Georgian Bluffs, Waterloo, Hepworth, Thornhill, Meaford and Orillia.”

L-R:Mary Lou Hills & Marilyn Guy-Smith of Southampton Legion, Vicki Tomori, Marine Heritage Society & Connie Barker, Chantry Seniors’ Centre & Deb Kaufman, Marine Heritage Society and Organizer of the “Christmas in Saugeen Shores” [absent; Cherie Duhaime – Cham-bettes, Randy & Jessie Schnarr of Hospital Auxiliary

The prizes and winners drawn at the end of the day at the Chantry Centre were:

Hospital Auxiliary – a $100 gift certificate to the Berkshire Restaurant in Port Elgin won by Melissa McKinnon of Port Elgin

Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale, Southampton Legion 155 – Gift Certificate and a gift package by downtown businesses in Southampton was won by Sharon George of Southampton

Cham-Bettes – Christmas Urn was won by Eunice McConnell of Kincardine

Marine Heritage Society & Chantry Senior’s Centre – Chantry Lighthouse embossed Wine Glasses, Chantry Centre Membership plus two Lunch Tickets was won by Sheila Roopnaraine from Port Elgin