There is more than just a banquet for this year’s Festival of Trees.
Among the fun activities include a Senior’s Tea Nov. 18 and Breakfast With Santa Nov. 19, explained spokesperson Sherry Gummow.
She says both events sell like hot cakes. Indeed, last year there were people turned away after waiting too long to purchase tickets. Gummow feels the same will be for this year.
The Senior’s Tea is a fun event that gives friends a chance to visit with each other and will bring the Gustafsons with live music.
For the Breakfast With Santa, the morning brings a tasty breakfast where friends and families can visit with each other before getting their picture taken with Santa Claus.
Gummow says George Jason and Friends will play live music for attendees and she suggests this is the perfect time for grandmothers and grandfathers to visit their family and grand-kids. When asked the best time to buy tickets, Gummow had one suggestion: “Sooner than later.”
Information on the Ponoka and District Hospital Foundation, where the money from the festival is going, will also be available on both days.
For the banquet night on Nov. 17 there are also some high ticket items up for auction. Gummow referred to the popular Laurie River Lodge gift for two people, which is valued at $8,000 in total.
The all-inclusive package includes flights, meals — made by a Red Seal chef — and fishing at Lynn Lake, in northern Manitoba.
There are several other popular items up for grabs including a specially framed, and signed, Team Canada Connor McDavid hockey jersey from Tantec Electronics plus a special Hamilton’s IGA barbecue day.
“Anything we raise (for the foundation) is something we didn’t have before,” says Gummow.
The money will go to benefit the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre endoscopy program, which is seeing provincial recognition.
For tickets head to the Ponoka News, Busted Ladies Lingerie or to the Calnash Ag Event Centre.