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Appleton’s Winterfest celebrates 25 years

Card games get lively at Appleton’s Winterfest. Pictured (from left) are Ellis Oake, Derm Flynn, Karen Shea and Violet Freake.
Card games get lively at Appleton’s Winterfest. Pictured (from left) are Ellis Oake, Derm Flynn, Karen Shea and Violet Freake.

Twenty-five years in, Mayor Derm Flynn still gets excited about Appleton’s Winterfest.

Flynn takes a little time out from a card game in the recreation centre to talk about how much money the festival has raised for good causes over its lifespan.

“It’s been hugely successful from a financial standpoint,” he said. “We’ve raised in excess of a quarter of a million dollars and donated it out to various charities.  

“Residents of Appleton and Glenwood and the surrounding areas come in and support us, and the money goes back to all those communities.”

Flynn told TC Media that the Winterfest committee has supported the fire department, school lunch programs, school bands, the gardening program at Lakeside Homes and the dragon boat team based at the marina, as well as purchasing equipment for Appleton’s playground and community centre. 

Donations to the festival come in from businesses right across Newfoundland. They’ve even received support from companies on the mainland with an Appleton connection.

Inside the recreation centre, people play cards as pictures of Winterfests past flash on a large screen. 

Flynn says the slide show is making people feel both happy and sad.

“We’re seeing kids there performing at the festival 25 years ago that now have their own families,” he said. “We’re seeing people there that have passed on into the next world. So there are lots of memories of 25 years.  

 

gail.collins@tc.tc


Flynn takes a little time out from a card game in the recreation centre to talk about how much money the festival has raised for good causes over its lifespan.

“It’s been hugely successful from a financial standpoint,” he said. “We’ve raised in excess of a quarter of a million dollars and donated it out to various charities.  

“Residents of Appleton and Glenwood and the surrounding areas come in and support us, and the money goes back to all those communities.”

Flynn told TC Media that the Winterfest committee has supported the fire department, school lunch programs, school bands, the gardening program at Lakeside Homes and the dragon boat team based at the marina, as well as purchasing equipment for Appleton’s playground and community centre. 

Donations to the festival come in from businesses right across Newfoundland. They’ve even received support from companies on the mainland with an Appleton connection.

Inside the recreation centre, people play cards as pictures of Winterfests past flash on a large screen. 

Flynn says the slide show is making people feel both happy and sad.

“We’re seeing kids there performing at the festival 25 years ago that now have their own families,” he said. “We’re seeing people there that have passed on into the next world. So there are lots of memories of 25 years.  

 

gail.collins@tc.tc


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