by Tom Henihan
The Second Annual “Light-Up” event at the McLennan Historical Railway Museum showed all the signs of becoming an enduring Christmas tradition.
Though the night of December 1st was not particularly cold, a slight wind certainly kept things fresh and most of those who attended gathered around a robust fire, chatting and singing carols.
While waiting for the Christmas trees to light-up the kids enjoyed hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, ran around, and played in what little snow was there.
The moment of the actual Light-Up certainly felt like the official beginning to Christmas in McLennan.
The trees, donated by people from the community, were elaborately decorated with lights by Raymond Valiquette and Pinto Rondeau, as were the boundaries and trim of the railroad shed and rail cars. Of course, the familiar Joy sign was once again well illuminated as a striking centrepiece.
As was promised, a warm welcome was offered to everyone who attended by Museum president Julien Gervais and all members of the Railway Museum Society and the plan is to broaden and develop the event each year.