Sometimes women need an evening out with their friends, and the men can stay at home.
Such was the logic behind the first-annual Ladies’ Night, which took place on Nov. 20 at the fully decorated and sparkly Hay River Heritage Centre.
Sheila Cook, who is on the board of the Hay River Museum Society, said the heritage centre usually shuts down in the winter.
But as of last year, the society has been trying to come up with ways to keep it open year round. Getting people to come out and enjoy the venue is one aspect of that.
“We were decorating for the Seniors’ Tea anyway, so we figured why not have something Christmassy for the ladies to come and have some fun?” said Cook.
The special night featured a fashion show put on by Sherri DaRosa from G&L Workwear, as well as a free makeover from Melanie Boudreau as one of the door prizes.
And, each woman was also given a note to open with an inspirational message.
“We just wanted to treat the ladies to something nice,” said Cook. “Something happy and cosy.”
The seats were all full, which was a bit of a surprise to Cook.
“We’re becoming more confident with our events. Before, we were used to not getting too many people out to these kinds of things. But now, we know if we throw a party, people will come,” she said. “We want people to feel comfortable here, and know that the museum is a part of this town and belongs to the town.”
Cook said Ladies’ Night was the brainchild of Linda Carter, who wanted a happy atmosphere with no alcohol for ladies to visit with each other.
“It introduces the museum as another place in town to go,” said Carter. “If we can get people in the door, they will probably come back.”
Shirley King was happy to be out with her friends.
“It’s nice to get all the ladies together,” she said.
“We’re so busy all day, so it’s really nice to be treated to something like this,” added Ruth Lafferty.
Judy West-Pratt, who also sits on the museum society’s board, said the evening was meant to boost ladies and encourage them to enjoy each other’s company in a comfortable environment.
“Sometimes we are able to enjoy ourselves more when we leave our men at home,” she laughed.
The Hay River Museum Society is planning a few more events to take advantage of all the decorating. The Seniors’ and Elders’ Tea is booked for Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., and a Family Sing-Along is set for Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.