Ninth Girls’ Night Out a success by all accounts

Councillor Lorraine Allen
Councillor Lorraine Allen took the challenge and ate a worm Thursday at Girls’ Night Out. Photo credit: Sally Smith.
Posted on: September 21, 2018

Sally Smith

Ask Councillor Lorraine Allen what worms taste like and she answers, with a bit of a grimace, that the crispy semi-circular dead critters taste a bit like a cracker. She had a chance to down one during Girls’ Night Out Thursday at the Rideau Candy Shoppe; for taking the dare, participants were entered in a draw for a $20 gift certificate — and she won, so it was worthwhile on her part.

Leanne Jarrett, Co-ordinator of the Downtown Business Association who hosted the event, walked the walk as well, saying she really enjoyed meeting the “funky bunch of women” who come out each year; this was the ninth year with 34 businesses participating, a record number. Participating stores gave out samples, often provided wine, cheese and crackers, and generously welcomed women into their businesses.

Visiting started at 4 and ended at 8 p.m. when groups of women headed to Chuckles Jack for a bite to eat and waited to hear if their name had been pulled as a winner of one of 37 door prizes.

Jarrett says as next year will be the tenth year for the night out, they will be planning something “big.”