Merry Christmas on skates in April

Springtime Christmas finale marks 41 years of skating carnival

By Terrance Gavan

If the Grinch really did steal Christmas, would he bring it to Minden and upload the whole charade onto an unsuspecting audience on April Fools Day?

Of course he would. The Grinch is, after all, a despicable and nefarious green ne’er do well who enjoys toying with our sensibilities.

No joke. In fact the grimy Grinch was caught on many cameras and video recorders at Minden’s SG Nesbitt Arena on Sunday, April 1.

He was chased around the rink by one of 50 or so young figure skaters gathered for the Minden Skating Club’s no-foolin’ finale. The dancers put on a fabulous show in front of a packed arena of parents, friends and figure skating fans, who were all wowed by a simply stellar young group of local skaters.

Carnival chairperson Sue Collings and coordinator Jane Symons put together the spectacular signature showcase. Choreography of the 17 individual routines was managed by Jillian Mayhew and Symons.

Mayhew, a senior at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School who is leaving for university in the fall, was rewarded with a beautiful bouquet at centre ice in the closing ceremony.