By Anna Smith
The Town of Redcliff approved several special events at their Sept. 11th Council meeting, eager to continue to promote the community.
These special events are vital to “a sense of identity, place, and community vibrancy,” as stated in the meeting agenda package, as opportunities for social connection, and in the case of some events, a chance to fundraise for important services throughout town.
One of these events, the Redcliff Youth Centre’s “Glass House Haunting,” was approved during the meeting. This Halloween fundraiser promotes both the Centre, as well as the Medicine Hat Root Cellar.
The haunting will take place in a vacant greenhouse provided by Suntaira Growers, as it has in previous years, to great success. Set-up is presently underway, with a planned opening of Oct. 17–31.
However, it’s not going to be the only haunted greenhouse this October, as an application from Kevin and Julie Lagasse was also approved, for the temporary opening of their own vacant facility for another year’s worth of Halloween magic.
Some concerns were raised in regards to the state of repair of the building, but it was determined to not prohibit the intended and temporary use. It was noted that the greenhouse had not been used for horticultural purposes recently, and had last been used for a similar event in the previous year.
The haunted house will be used to raise funds for the Prairie Gleaners, among other charities of choice, and aims to promote a night of fun and draw visitors to other businesses in Redcliff.
But not all special events at the meeting aimed for ghouls and greenhouses.
Council approved a special event permit for Sept. 30, in regards to a movie night to celebrate the re-opening of the Redcliff Rectangle Arena, as hosted by the Redcliff Minor Hockey Association (RMHA).
The film “The Mighty Ducks” will be projected onto an inflatable screen in the parking lot, and while the event is free to both RMHA members and the community, they encourage donations to either the Branden Primeau Memorial Fund or the Redcliff Youth Centre.