Mingo’s Family Fun Weekend

Members of the Calais High School Student Council were down at Mingo's Evergreen on Saturday helping decorate the Wreaths for Hope they sold over the last month. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Kaileigh Deacon

For a lot of people, the fun and joy of Christmas are in doing things as a family and sharing traditions with new generations. Located in Calais, Mingo’s has a long-standing family tradition of offering evergreen products for everyone’s Christmas needs. Mingo’s has worked to make visiting them a family tradition of its own each year with their Friends and Family Fun Weekend. 

The Friends and Family Fun Weekend creates a weekend of fun events for the whole family. In addition to collecting the Christmas trees and wreaths, there are plenty of other things to do. Mingo’s offers kids the chance to write and mail their letters to Santa, there are treats for kids of all ages, and there was even an appearance by the big man himself. 

Mingo’s Family and Friends weekend, despite the cold temperatures on Saturday, was well attended. 

In addition to hosting the fun event at Mingo’s on Saturday, the Calais High School Student Council members were out in the shop helping create wreaths. Together with the National Honor Society and JMG program, they worked to help sell Wreaths for Hope from November into December. Wreaths for Hope are wreaths that are shaped like ribbons and bear ribbons designated by color to raise awareness and support for a specific type of cancer. A percentage of the purchase of these wreaths goes to different cancer organizations. 

These students from the Calais Student Council were at Mingo’s on Saturday to decorate all the wreaths they sold with the appropriate ribbons. The students sold thirty wreaths which they delivered or loaded into vehicles when people picked them up. 


The Friends and Family weekend at Mingo’s is a great way for families to come together and create family traditions that they can share for years to come.