The Eckville Hotel played host to a first of its kind evening on Wednesday, December 14.
Cocktails and Crafts invited community members out to the lounge of the hotel to create holiday LED signs to celebrate the Christmas season.
Organizer Mandy Gefle was pleased with the results of the festive evening.
“It went really well,” she said. “Everyone had a lot of fun. Everything went pretty smoothly.”
Attendees periodically showed up through the evening as the instruction was provided on how to create these dazzling holiday crafts.
“As people showed up – they started to paint their signs,” she said. “Everyone flew through the steps despite being a little staggered. It was good because they were able to work on their signs at different times.”
Throughout the course of the night, 23 people showed up – which is a large group for this type of event.
“It was a bigger group which was good,” Gefle said. “The mood was really light. Everyone was chatting with each other. It was nice to meet to new people in the community that I hadn’t met before.”
The laid-back cocktail atmosphere allowed for people to have an enjoyable evening of community networking.
“It was a Christmas Party atmosphere,” Gefle said. “We included a cocktail with the ticket price. Everyone who wanted to have a drink got one right away. Everyone could visit and enjoy the night.”
With the success of this night Gefle expects the return of this type of evening to Eckville in the near future.
“We are interested in doing it in Rocky, Rimbey, Sylvan and Eckville again as well,” she said. “The Eckville Hotel did a really good job and they were excited to see everyone out and having fun. We will definitely be back again.”
Gefle wanted to thank everyone for attending Cocktails and Crafts.
“It was nice for people to take the time out of the week to come and create such an enjoyable atmosphere,” she added.