Busy week ahead for Barriere Chamber’s Passport to Shopping

This Friday holiday shopping will be in full swing in the community of Barriere

This Friday holiday shopping will be in full swing in the community of Barriere when the Chamber of Commerce’s late night shopping gets underway.  The Dec. 12 event will see most of the businesses open for shoppers until 8 p.m.

Home-based businesses and a Farmer’s Market will also be underway in the Barriere Legion basement from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, and the community Christmas tree light-up will take place in Fadear Park at 6 p.m., with carol singing, a bonfire and the Grade 7’s fundraising concession on site.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  there will be another Farmer’s Market in the Legion basement.

Saturday is also a big day for area families to come out and enjoy Success By Six’s Breakfast with Santa at the Lions Hall starting at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a ‘by donation’ buffet style breakfast served from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and pictures with Santa ($3 cost) starting at 10:30.  The event also offers entertainment, and free fun crafts for kids

The Thompson Valley Players Old Fashioned Christmas variety show takes place on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. in the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall at the fairgrounds off Barriere Lakes Road.

An early bird draw for two New Year’s Eve Bullarama tickets, and the 100th Anniversary Gift Basket draw will both take place on Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Armour Mountain Office Services. Get these tickets (your name will go back in for the grand prize) and get all three Anniversary Buttons to get your name in for the Anniversary Basket.

Kids, get your weekly questions on the Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce website, Facebook page, the North Thompson Star/Journal or listen to The Bear radio station.

Bring your answers to all six questions to the Tree Light Up, or the Gift Wrapping Station (next to IDA) on Dec. 12 and get a gift. Your name will then be put in for a Grand Prize Gift Basket (two baskets to be drawn), drawn Dec. 22.   Make sure your name, gender, age and phone number are on your answer sheet.

The following week there will be special Christmas shopping hours at different businesses, shoppers will find lots of great prices, gift packs and don’t forget gift certificates will also be available.

Barriere Chamber of Commerce has announced a 2015 Call to Artists.  The Chamber will be holding an art competition for next year’s Passport to Holiday Shopping. ‘Winter theme’ art is what they are looking for. Deadline for entries will be Sept. 30, 2015, so there is plenty of time to create your winning piece.

The winner’s artwork will be used on all of the Chamber’s promotional material, and will have a feature spot at Armour Mountain Art Gallery. If the artist wishes to sell it, a reserve bid will be placed on the artwork and silent bids will be taken. Artwork submissions need to be emailed as digital files to artcomp@barrierechamber.com, all works will be juried, good luck!

Check out the Facebook page: facebook.com/BarrierePassportToHolidayShopping, the Chamber website; www.barrierechamber.com, and watch the North Thompson Star Journal for more information and event dates.