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Ken Kellar

Some enchanted evening

It was very nearly standing room only at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's annual gala at the Copper River Inn on Saturday evening. The tickets to the event sold out well in advance of the weekend, and the guests took to the theme with gusto, proving that people in the Rainy River district love to dress up a bit when the opportunity arises.

Advent in action

Telford Advent of Riverbend Auction Services entertained the crowd as he worked his magic during the live auction portion of the evening Saturday. Telford coaxed some generous donations from the crowd with his combination of skill, wit and charm.

Museum gala to be throwback to Prohibition era

Dust off your fedoras and flapper dresses and brush up your Al Capone impression, the Fort Frances Museum is about to become the town's hottest juice joint.

The Friends of the Museum are well into planning their eighth-annual gala, and Friends' president Robert Schulz said that this year's theme ties into colourful periods of Canadian and American history.

'Black & White' gala rakes in the green

It was certainly a night to remember, full of people dressed to the nines enjoying a fancy night out to support a good cause.

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care's “Black & White” gala took place on Saturday night at the Copper River Inn, and Foundation director Allison Cox said the night was a great success.

“We're really happy with how it went,” Cox said.

Foundation director speaking

Riverside Foundation for Health Care director Allison Cox addressed the crowd during the Foundation's “Black & White” gala at the Copper River Inn on Saturday evening. The annual fundraising gala was held to raise money for a new microbiology system for the health care network and was sold out well in advance of the event. See story, more photos A5.

Surveying auction items

Sandra McKinnon, left, and June Keddie eyed up items on the silent auction table during Saturday evening's gala. The silent auction featured an assortment of donated items ranging from fishing rods to wall-worthy art, providing something for everyone to make a bid on in order to take home the prize and support a worthy cause.

Maxey advice

Diane Maxey ran through some of the house rules for rehearsals for the Christmas choraliers during a practice last night at the New Beginnings Fellowship church. According to Maxey, so far she's had more than 70 people sign up to take part in the choraliers this year, who will be performing a collection of Christmas anthems instead of the usual Christmas cantata.

Gala ensemble

Members of the Rainy Lake Community Orchestra played for the crowd during the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's “Black & White” gala Saturday evening at the Copper River Inn. The sold-out fundraiser featured a number of activities to raise money in exchange for some enviable prizes, including a penny table, silent and live auctions, and games.

DCL work

Workers with Daryl's Custom Landscapes took advantage of a sunny—if cool—day on Friday to trim back some trees in town, like this one on the edge of the parking lot at Fort Frances General Supply. Anyone looking to do some yardwork of their own might find this week a no-go as the forecast calls for snow flurries for what remains of October.

Ghost relocation services

It's the spookiest waiting room you'll ever see during Fort Frances High School's fall play “Scared Silly," opening tonight at the Townshend Theatre. The play will feature nine short skits, each offering a bite-sized portion of scares and laughs to thrill and chill all the "boys and ghouls” in the audience.