St. Marys Journal Argus
With the temperatures dropping to record-setting levels on Sunday, Feb. 15, it would have been completely understandable if the spirits of the members of the “I Love Thorndale” community group had dropped accordingly. Sunday was, after all, the day before their planned first-ever Winter Carnival event, planned for both inside and outside — a minus-25°C without the wind chill outside — for Family Day Monday, Feb. 16.
But by Monday afternoon, however, with the temperature having risen to a practically balmy minus-17°C, any concerns they may have had were nowhere to be seen as the curtain rose on what turned into a highly successful event.
The Family Day Winter Carnival ran from 1-4 p.m., with outdoor activities taking place from 1-3 p.m. and entertainment and refreshments following inside the Thorndale Community Centre until 4 p.m. The entire event was coordinated by I Love Thorndale, but one key to the first-time success, said organizing committee member Becky Clark, was the support of all the community groups and service clubs in the village and surrounding area — which agreed to host one activity each.
Outdoor activities ranged from a tug of war rope to toboggan races to ball hockey and pony rides.
“It was so great to have so many community organizations coming together for one common event,” Clark told the Journal Argus, as the outdoor activities wrapped up but the yards surrounding the Community Centre were still busy with snowsuit-wearing visitors of all ages.