Lighting up the night
The Glengarry Artists’ Collective-Collectif d'artistes de Glengarry highlights visual, literary, musical and culinary artists of the region. The following article was written by Lesley Orr.
Have you ventured to Island Park after dark in December? It was gorgeous for Christmas 2016 -- as it is every year, with multitudes of colourful Christmas lights artistically draped on trees and fences, and business-sponsored displays specially illuminated for the season, combining advertising with beauty, looking inviting and jolly.
The shell bandstand contained the Nativity scene, well protected from the elements. Walking round the park you came to it as a focal point at the end of the main path, which was rather nice, especially nowadays when the commercial side of Christmas too often seems more prominent than its religious significance does.
We take our grandchildren to the park every year when they visit, to enjoy the beautiful display. Once darkness fell there were 13 of us trooping round, oohing and aahing at the spectacle, loving all the brightness and cheer, and the majesty of the multi-coloured lights. It really was a magnificent sight. We are grateful to North Glengarry Township, and everyone involved, for decorating our park so generously and so well. Their effort provides the citizens of Alexandria with a lot of pleasure, shared even by those who, like my grandchildren and their families, come from much farther afield: Montreal and Ottawa in their cases. In 2015 there was a lovely Victorian village display inside the Sandfield Centre, which we really appreciated. You could investigate the people, houses and cunning shops in it while sipping hot chocolate. This year hot chocolate was still served, but there was no Victorian Village. Perhaps in its place, just outside the Sandfield Centre, was a Story Walk, a series of illuminated storyboards depicting a children’s story by Robert Munsch. What a great idea! Each storyboard represented one full page of print and illustration from the book. They were arranged in sequence, so by the time you had walked around the Sandfield Centre, you had read the whole story and could go inside to warm up and have your hot chocolate!
This was the grande finale to our annual Island Park After Dark excursion. Thanks to all who made it possible -- the art of sharing and caring in colour and light. Brava!
BRILLIANCE: This photo taken by MAS Photo Service shows some of the festival displays.