On Saturday, 16th of December 2017, Open Culture Project organised a Christmas Get Together.
We started at 10.00 am with costume Christmas dance party for children. With a help of three Elves and one princess, children played to the music and danced around with balloons. Then, one of the Elves, took everyone to an Art and Craft workshop, where children were creating their own Santa Clause`s portrait. Around 12:00 pm, an unexpected visitor came – Santa Clause himself. He spoke to children, asked them if they behaved well this year and handed out sweets and chocolates.
Children and parents took part in our Raffle. Thanks to kind donations from places such as Tesco Cheetham Hill, Tesco Salford, Subway Fort, Mamas and Papas Trafford Centre, Costa Coffee Fort, Ogórek Polish Shop in Salford, Max Spielmann Salford, Sports Salford, Lacoste Trafford Centre, Body Shop Trafford Centre, Cake Box Cheetham Hill, Huda Islamic Gift Shop, M&S Trafford Centre, Boots Juice UK Trafford Centre, Waterstones Trafford Centre, WHSmith Trafford Centre, M&S Manchester Fort, Lesters Nursery World, Sports Direct Manchester Fort and private donors, everyone won amazing gifts just in time for Christmas. We are very thankful for all the help and support from our kind donors. It is amazing to know that local businesses care very much for the local community and wish to support small organisations such as ours. You have made the Christmas Get Together a very special day!
Children, who attended our Music Classes, performed a concert, playing Christmas Carolls ona keyboard. Everyone was moved by their talent and hard work.
Everyone was invited to try delicious Christmas Dishes prepared in the kitchen by our hard working volunteers. We had many amazing Polish delicacies, such as pierogi – sauerkraut and wild mushroom dumplings, goulash – a Polish stew, baked fish in carrots, Russian salad, bigos – sauerkraut stew, krokiety – sauerkraut filled savoury pancakes, salad made of marinated herring, cakes, mince pies, sweets and chocolates as well as Indian dishes such as onion bhajii and vindaluu, made by a friend of our organisation. Everyone enjoyed the atmosphere and delicious foods.
The event ended with a concert by a band of professional musicians who performed in front of the event`s attendees. The whole room sang carols together with the musicians, enjoying the magical atmosphere of Christmas holidays.
Joanna Rajs Photography participated our event as well, offering Christmas themed portrait photography. Joanna`s photographs are magical and make great keepsakes. Joanna is a very skilled photographer, very passionate and dedicated. Please check her website, for more info: http://www.joannarajs.com/