(Posted 9:30 a.m., Dec. 11)
Magical Village display celebrates 15th
Magical Village is open during regular mall
hours at Place d'Orleans until Christmas Eve.
Admission is free, however, monetary donations
and non-perishable food items are accepterd.
Magical Village has amazed and mesmerized young and old
alike for the past 15 years. This year it returns to the
second floor of Place d'Orléans qt the far end
of the Food Court next to the RCMP recruitment centre.
Village was officially opened earlier this month by its
original patriarch, former Gloucester mayor Claudette
Cain, and Germaine Ladouceur, the original architect.
Gloucester North Lions Club was also out in full force
as the official keepers of the Village which includes
more than 300 miniature buildings; six model railway trains
including Thomas the Tank Engine;, and countless miniature
figures including trees, cars and other features.
members started putting the Village together in early
November with the help of about 20 volunteers who gave
up their time to make sure the traditional holiday attraction
was open on time.
history of the Magical Village dates back to 1998, when
it was first set up in the foyer of Gloucester City Hall.
It was moved to the Gloucester Centre shopping mall the
following year where it remained until 2002 when it was
moved to Place d'Orléans where it has remained
every year since except for 2004, when it returned to
Gloucester Centre for one year, and 2010 when it had to
be moved to the Westgate Shopping Centre for one year
when there was no space available at Place.
the years the Village has raised tens of thousands of
dollars for a variety of charities including the Food
three main charities that will be receiving a share of
the donations this year include the Food Cupboard, Ronald
McDonald House and Lions Camp Dorsett, which is a summer
camp for kids on dialysis.
North Lions Club member and Magical Village coordinator
Mark Marcogliese is confident they will be able to hit
the $10,000 mark this year with the help pf generous sponsors
like Klein Optical, Beacon Hill, Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney,
Expedia Cruise Ship Centres, Pathway Hyundai and the Vintage
Stock Theatre Company.
Guy Moving and Storage also came through with free storage
for the Magic Village this year, saving the enterprise
of the Village's magic is noticing new elements that you
hadn't seen before, or seeing old standbys like the Nutcracker
Theatre or the McDonald's drive-thu.
latest editions to the Village are Santa's Toy Shop, the
World's Fair Carriage Race and a working cable car that
was donated by an anonymous member of the public.
the Village is normally manned by Lions Club members,
more then a dozen high school students volunteer their
time to help earn community service hours.
Magical Village is open during regular mall hours until
Christmas Eve. Donations can be made in any amount as
well as non-perishable food items.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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