December 2023

And here it is – our big double-month issue (I should write this in 72-point font – but that would be just too weird). And we could not be more excited, not only because as we go to press, it’s Ladysmith Festival of Lights, the start of the holidays and all the merry-making.
And if you are looking for holiday events, entertainment and gift ideas, you will find it here on these pages. We are so proud of the over 100 businesses featured in this issue. Please give them a try for that perfect gift or service. Local is what we are all about. In the Back to Business column, Elly Smith writes about the dollar value of local shopping. Plus, we have curated some festive events. Check out the Local Treasures as we do a little virtual shopping.
If you are considering a Polar Bear Dip this year on New Year’s Day, you may want to think about doing it more often. Cold water immersion offers health benefits and comradeship. Just ask the Transfer Beach Dippers. Or better yet, go to the beach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 am.
We welcome the talented photographer Bob Burgess to the TAKE 5 family in this issue. Speaking of family, I am very grateful for the team in the office: Angie, Elly, Nadine, Helen, and all the regular contributors who make TAKE 5 happen!
No time for rest… the TAKE 5 Elves are working on the annual EXPLORE Guide 2024 for Ladysmith, Cedar, Saltair, and Chemainus. Give us a call so we don’t miss you.
May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2024! Wishing you and your family all the best from the TAKE 5 family.
– Marina Sacht and the TAKE 5 Elves

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