Rouses Point If you’ve ever heard there’s nothing to do in the village of Rouses Point, Geri Favreau wants you to know that’s definitely not the case — especially during the holidays.
Favreau is among those behind “Christmas in Rouses Point,” an effort to gather a complete listing of events happening from a stop in the village by the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train next Friday, Nov. 25, through events planned into the new year.
“I’ve seen other communities promote all their holiday stuff as one thing,” said Favreau, referring to communities like Au Sable Forks. “So, some of us got together and thought it would be good to do the same thing instead of everybody doing their own thing to promote them.”
The idea is simple, said Favreau. Christmas in Rouses Point will basically take all the events and put them into a comprehensive listing that can be sent to various media outlets and announced on the village website, www.rousespointny.com.
“We didn’t really come up with anything new, except for a house decorating contest,” said Favreau.
The decorating contest will involve people showing off their holiday spirit by decking their halls in holiday style, she said.
“We’re still working on the details, but it would be something where people would get prizes like gift certificates,” said Favreau. “Other communities have done it and I think it really inspires people do to something to make the village look more festive.”
Donna Boumil, director of Dodge Memorial Library, which hosts several activities during the holidays, said she likes the idea of marketing events like hers under the Christmas in Rouses Point umbrella.
“I think it’s great,” said Boumil. “We always have so many different activities going on during the holidays, especially during Christmas break like holiday craft projects, story times, and a movie matinee.”
The list of Christmastime events is something both Boumil and Favreau agree shows there is a lot going on in the little village on the lake.
“We really do have a lot going on here, sometimes people just have to take a closer look,” said Boumil. “Many of the activities are even free and within walking distance.”
“There’s really something for everybody here, from kids to adults,” added Favreau.