Family Day long weekend bonfire exemplifies community spirit
Tim Brody - Editor
Individuals, groups, and businesses came together on Feb. 16, in a show of community spirit, to host a free family event at the Town Beach.
Dorothy Broderick, Drayton Cash and Carry Owner, coordinated the event, which included a bonfire with marshmallows and hot dogs for roasting, soup and hot chocolate.
“The bonfire on the beach was organized to get people outside having fun and taking advantage of the natural beauty around us,” she shared. “There was no charge for the food or hot chocolate so that it is accessible to every family as a community gathering rather than a fundraiser. A community that gathers together over food and fun grows to become a great place for everyone. In times of discord and uncertainty, we need to find ways to come together and see each other for the things we have in common. Sharing food and a fire has long been a way to do that,” she added.
Approximately 60 people braved the cold temperatures during the day to stop by and skate, cross-country ski, or just hang out by the bonfire.
Overall Broderick said it was a fun day.
“We had a lot of help running this event and are so thankful to every business and person who helped. The bonfire wood was provided by Derek Ayotte which definitely made the day. Fresh Market Foods donated veggies for the soup and wieners for hotdogs. Drayton Cash and Carry donated the marshmallows, hot chocolate, buns, soup etc. BJ Egerter donated turkey pieces to make the soup delicious. The Sioux Lookout Anglers and Hunters contributed funds for propane to run the stoves and assist with supply purchases. The Nordic Nomads laid ski tracks around the bays and packed some walking trails for people to make use of while out. Ingrid Cummings made a delicious soup to share. Thank you to everyone who helped, who came out, and who helped advertise. We enjoyed spending time with all of you,” Broderick concluded.