Light­ing up the night

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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.

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