By David F. Rooney
Hundreds of people flocked to downtown Revelstoke on Friday evening for Moonlight Madness — our town’s civilized answer to the Black Friday hype that is now spreading to Canadian border cities from the United States.
Many people started — or capped — their shopping expedition with a meal out. I had a lovely meal with as friend at Frisby Ridge, and I think most dining establishments were busy.
Here are a few photos I took downtown:
There were plenty of things to consider purchasing during Moonlight Madness on Friday evening. But somethings, like this life-sized, metal heron on sale at ArtFirst! created by sculptors Kevin Kratz and James Karthein, are destined to languish on my wish list. David F. Rooney photo Megan Tabor considers her options while browsing through ArtFirst!. David F. Rooney photo Meanwhile, at First and Mackenzie the empty storefront on the corner was partly taken over by the Acrobats Gymnastics Club where they flogged tickets for their fund-raising raffle as well as snacks and drinks to Moonlight Madness shoppers. David F. Rooney photo Donna Clapton and Sharon McCrae were two of the Beta Sigma Phi ladies who offered to gift wrap any of the goodies shoppers picked up on Friday evening. They did a lovely job on the steel oak leaf I picked up at ArtFirst! Thanks, again. ladies. David F. Rooney photo Acrobat Ainslee Arthurs hold up her club’s raffle poster as she poses with Acrobat moms Carolyn Duncan, Aneila Novakowski, her mom Kim and Shawn Filipchuk. David F. Rooney photo Children’s writer Mieke Blommestein was signing copies of her latest book, Benjamin the Crocodile, at Grizzly Books and Serendipity Shop, on Friday evening. David F. Rooney photo Malone’s was busy, too, as people popped by to purchase snacks and — of course — lottery tickets! David F. Rooney photo Across the street shoppers including Maria Stagliano pondered a purchase at Wearabouts. David F. Rooney photo Nicole Cherlet poses with the gingerbread houses she created as a silent auction item to raise money for the Food Bank. If you’d like it drop on by Chantilly Kitchen, Ned ‘n’ Bath to submit your bid. David F. Rooney photo Deenie Ottenbreit finalizes a purchase by Ashley McCrae as she enjoys her last Moonlight Madness event as a business owner. “Next year I’ll be on the other side of the counter,” she laughed. David F. Rooney photo Kevan McCroy whips up a perfect hot drink for a customer at The Modern on Friday night. David F. Rooney photo If you wanted to refresh your senses with the colour and smell of Christmas you had only to walk into the Revelstoke Florist shop. David F. Rooney photo Jill Remus (left) spent Moonlight Madness helping out her daughter Arleigh Kurucz at Arleigh’s lovely jewellery store, Garnish. David F. Rooney photo