The tell tail ice crystals on my windshield this morning and the eerie darkness that enveloped the city was a chilling reminder that winter is creeping up on us sooner than we would like.
With the onset of the colder season we are embarking on some new adventures here at the Grande Prairie Stanford Hotel. With the month of October half way through we are pleased with the results so far with our Pink for October Breast Cancer Fund raiser! The staff is having a great time dressing down on Fridays in their pink shirts and so far they have risen over $500! Way to go girls!
Excitement is arising over the upcoming "Ghoulish Gala" being held Halloween night in our newly renovated SIPPS Lounge! Everyone is invited to come out and help us celebrate our Grand Opening with a new look and new name. There will be food, prizes and entertainment!
One more thing I simply must mention about the transition into fall is that...Christmas is only 69 days away! Time to think about hanging the lights (trust me you don't want to wait until it snows)! We picked up our tree yesterday that we will be entering the Festival of Trees! Grande Prairie's Festival of trees always marks the official kick off to the Christmas season for me personally! Held November 19-23rd at the Bowes Family Chrystal Gardens, the Festival of Trees attracts over 30,000 visitors of all ages. If you have never attended, make a plan this year to come out and experience the enchantment and wonder of over 250,000 lights dancing among the displays of Christmas Trees, Gingerbread Houses, Decorations and anything else you can imagine to do with Christmas!
So for today...bask in what is left of the sunshine, warm your red nose over a steaming cup of cocoa, and smile when you walk past the first of the Christmas displays crowding the Costco isles and spilling over into the Halloween treats! If you get started right now, you are sure to avoid the rush! And once you all start speaking to me again...You will thank me!