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About 15 players are expected take part in a little Christmas carolling starting at 7 p.m. at the mall, with help from the Potluck in the Basement Singers, a choir of local women led by singer/guitarist Judi McGowan. Shamir Mangalji, marketing coordinator for the Rage, said the team came up with the idea as a way to reconnect with the community after a marathon road trip that saw the team gone for almost a full month.

“They’ve been gone for a month, so it has been tough with that schedule to get out into the community, but when they are here, we like to get them into any possible community service or activity to let everyone know they are back in town,” said Mangalji.

He added the players will also be giving out some tickets to the team’s two home games this weekend against the Fresno Monsters. The Rage will need the support of their fans as they look to rebound from that dismal road trip that saw them lose 10 out of 12 games, including two to the Monsters last week.

Fans are also needed to help the Rage make Christmas a little brighter for those in need in the community. The team will be collecting donations at the game on Dec. 17 for the Salvation Army, so fans are encouraged to bring in a non-perishable food item, gently used clothing, toys, or a gift in exchange for a souvenir Rage ornament. There will also be a Canadian Tire Teddy Bear Toss when the Rage score their first goal, so bring your own teddy bear, or purchase a teddy bear at the game for $2 and receive a Rage ornament, all in support of the Salvation Army.

Patrons can also enjoy a turkey buffet at the game for $15, featuring roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, mashed yams, corn, and a drink.

As for the carolling on Wednesday, McGowan said her group is very excited to be taking part.

“This something is really different for us,” said McGowan. “We’ve never doing anything like this before. I think it’s going to be a really cool thing to do.”

She said she is not worried at all that some of the Rage players may not be able to sing with all of the harmony that people are used to hearing from the Potluck singers.

“We’re going to strategically place my singers with the team members, and they will all support each other. I think it’s going to be a perfect fit, and a win-win situation,” she said.

McGowan said the Christmas season is always very busy for the group as they receive a lot of requests to perform in different venues. She said the group will play at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital next Monday evening, for example.

“One of our favourite things, and something that I’ve been doing for over 20 years, is the candlelight service at Rotary Manor on Dec. 22,” she added. “It’s a very beautiful service for everyone, including the residents.”

McGowan also wished to pass on “a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year” to everyone in the community on behalf of the Potluck in the Basement Singers.





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