Home for the Holidays at Cottonwood Mansion

SELKIRK — Cottonwood Mansion held their first Home for the Holidays event, which included a Christmas market, visits with Santa Claus, and a special appearance of Christmas donkeys and goats. Brittany VanDalen, the curator of Cottonwood Mansion Museum, was very excited about the new events the mansion has been putting on to offer a “variety of different things to different audiences.” She went on to note, “The community support, these local businesses, and the County has been really great.” This is one of the numerous Christmas events the mansion has put on this year, taking place on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

SELKIRK—Blake, Melody, and Ariel Malcolmson came out from Fisherville to see Santa and let him know their Christmas wishes. 

SELKIRK—Mya Roth and Ella Cooper are local high school students who volunteered their time at the event. 

SELKIRK — Dave Lowe (pictured above) and Chantal Theijn (next photo) from the Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge brought donkeys and goats for the visiting families to view and enjoy. Lowe and Theijn volunteered their time at the event with their own personal pets, which are not usually part of their public outreach. When asked why they donated their time for the event, Theijn replied, “With COVID there hasn’t been much in the way of public events. We applaud Cottonwood for bringing some normalcy ... (and) thought it was worthwhile supporting them.”

—Haldimand Press photos by Charlene McKellar-Papasodaro.