Published: December 6, 2016
BY JILL WOOLLEY
As Christmas trees are being decorated in living rooms around town, there may be a small piece of Red Lake hanging on each one.
Every Christmas for the past nine years, the Red Lake Lions Club has made and sold tree ornaments to residents. The design changes each year and always features a scene local to the area and done by an artist with connections to Red Lake.
“We wanted local things that are here and local people will know,” said Lions Club president Linda Grunewald.
This year’s ornament features the Madsen mine. Originally an acrylic painting by artist Patrick Hunter, the design was cast into metal ornaments and attached with a red ribbon.
“It was so cool that they were able to get the fine detail of the painting,” said Hunter from his home in Toronto.
Ornaments cost $15 each with all proceeds going directly back into the community. “The money we bring in allows us to continue with our community projects,” explained Grunewald. “The town is helping to build the items around town.”
The idea to start the ornament fundraiser came from club member, Tina Robinson who had seen the idea at another club in Newfoundland.
Five hundred ornaments were ordered this year and at time of publication there were only 25 left to be sold. “This is our most successful year yet,” said club member Carmen Storey who was selling ornaments outside the IGA on Dec. 10. He said there are another 100 ornaments on order.
“This year has been very popular because it’s Patrick’s design,” said Grunewald.
The interest in the ornament doesn’t stop in Red Lake. Grunewald has heard of ornaments being given in Japan and Australia and knows many people send them to friends and family around the world.
Hunter purchased five and knows one is on its way to Tanzania, Africa.
The small piece of Red Lake that hangs on your tree may also be in someone’s home in another part of the world.