JanBoree Winter Celebration Brings Sense of Healing to Waukesha Community

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) – A Waukesha winter tradition, the city’s annual JanBoree is back for its 37th year, providing fun for people of all ages.

“I’m really happy that we’re able to do the Janboree this year,” Mayor Shawn Reilly said. “It’s really special for people to have things to look forward to.”

The community-wide event is now running through January 23 with different indoor and outdoor events scheduled across the city each day.

Jeanine Ascher spent Saturday morning at the White Rock Campus participating in the Make and Play workshop with her grandchildren.

“It’s great. It gives them (the grandkids) something to do on their weekends and it gets them out of the house and staying active,” Ascher said. “We made a bird feeder, we made a necklace. It’s just awesome, really. We love spending time together.”

Drew and Jessica Faude spent the morning tobogganing in Lowell Park with their three daughters after watching the JanBoree fireworks display on Friday night.

“Whatever it takes to get the kids out of the house,” laughs Jessica.

The events offer the community a chance to not only get out and have fun with their families and neighbors, but also to recover from the tragic events that took place nearly two months ago as the city came together to celebrate its annual Christmas parade.

“It’s on everyone’s mind,” Mayor Reilly added. “Everyone has come together and I’m so proud of our community for what they’ve done to show their sympathy and support for those hurt. We all need to heal from this, the whole community is doing it. I urge all the world to take advantage of JanBoree.”

For a list of events and locations, you can visit the Waukesha JanBoree website here.

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