Lights on the Gorge: Multicultural Celebration of Midwinter - This is an event hosted by the Gorge-Tillicum Community Association, the United Way and the Greater Victoria Public Library and organized as part of the Gorge Tillicum Community Table.
The event will be in the Gorge Waterway Park at Dysart on Sunday December 9th from 3 pm to 6 pm
So what is the event? A good question, I suspect it will be a fairly open ended and free form event with candles, lanterns singing and such. This is neighbourhood has several fairly laid back and anarchist events each year that just sort of happen such as the Earl Grey Halloween party.
The Sunday before, December 2nd that is, the Saanich Centenial Branch of the GVPL will be hosting a lantern making workshop. Drop in and create a weatherproof lantern, candle scepter or a clay Diwali diya to light up the Gorge on December 9. Enjoy an afternoon of craft and community with your Gorge Tillicum neighbours. Materials supplied-bring your imagination! Registration not required but if you register, you will get an email reminder of the event.
When I lived in Lillooet there was a lantern event in the mid summer where people made the lanterns at the beach on Seton Lake and then let them float off on the water, I would love to see this be something similar as an event.
So what traditions would I bring? Ideally some carol singing, in my family a child we would have cake and coffee on each advent and then sing carols, normally friends would come over and join us. I might also break out the Xmas Tree candle holders and claim a tree to put a bunch of candles on in the park.
If you want to help, which I will try to do, contact Kay Stewart.