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Girl Scouts hold annual pajama party

REDFORD The Dannemora-Saranac-Cadyville Girl Scouts waited a long time for their annual pajama party to come around this year. The event is traditionally held in November, but was rescheduled to Jan. 18 due to a whooping cough scare. More than 50 Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadets, along with many of their mothers, could be seen dashing from their vehicles and into the gymnasium at the Assumption of Mary Parish Center. They were dressed comfortably in their favorite pajamas. Some of them carried a favorite stuffed animal, and they all carried a personal hygiene item to be donated to the Saranac Food Shelves. Despite the cold, windy night, there wasnt any coughing at the event, just an abundance of laughter. The focus of the event was good, clean, girly fun for mothers and daughters. Two hours of fun activities were planned that served to strengthen friendships among Scouts and deepen mother and daughter bonds. Although fun was the main focus of the activities, some of them had educational and health and nutrition components. At one activity center, Saranac Junior Troop 4283 served berry, peach or banana smoothies. Displayed nearby was a poster comparing the calorie, sodium, sugar and fat content of a McDonald's milkshake, Dunkin Donuts milkshake, and the Girl Scouts' smoothie. Troop members took turns serving the smoothies or explaining the poster to the other Girl Scouts. Next to the smoothie booth, bags were filled with hot popcorn right out of the popcorn machine. Activity tables were set up along the bleachers, leaving the majority of the gymnasium open for dancing. The volunteer deejay, Nick Bola, added to the party atmosphere by keeping a steady flow of music for dancing. While some girls worked at the activity tables, others danced to Cotton Eyed Joe, YMCA, and a variety of other selections. Many of the girls took part in providing the music by singing their favorite songs on the Karaoke machine. At the activity tables, girls made fragrant colored bath salts, body glitter, masks and beaded bracelets. At one table, they could have their faces painted and, at another, their fingernails. The evening ended with a drawing for prizes boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Some of them were excited about a new variety of cookies this year lemon cr_s. In the next few weeks, the Girl Scouts will be out and about taking orders for their famous cookies, the source of much of their funding.

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