REGINA – Whether it was finishing a round of golf, or playing with the dogs, the unusually warm Thanksgiving weather had many Reginans feeling thankful.
“No wind, no mosquitoes, no snow. Doesn’t get any better,” said Paul Saum as he played his way through the sixth hole at the Royal Regina Golf Club.
The rising mercury is a reminder of a warm winter from the past.
“On this golf course, we’ve played until January 1. In 1997, we played all through December,” said Terry Meier.
Still, the hope for this winter is modest.
“We’ll take another month of this if we can get it,” he said with a laugh.
Dozens spent the morning at Cathy Lauritsen Memorial Off-Leash Dog Park. Nicole Hoferon brought her boxer dog to the park.
“Just getting some energy out, releasing some of that energy,” Hoferon said. “He has been staying out of trouble, so it’s nice to be able to get the most out of the weather right now.”
In the Heritage neighbourhood, Adam Smith spent the holiday going door-to-door asking if he and his 10-person volunteer team could plant tulips in neighbours’ gardens.
“’It’s too good to be true.’ I think that’s the best response I’ve gotten all day,” he said.
Smith secured funding from the Heritage Community Association to plant 1,350 tulips through the neighbourhood.
“Anything that we can do to have more community pride brings people closer together, getting to know your neighbours. It’s all, I think, very important in having a vibrant community,” he said.