Festival of Lights starts Thursday
Santa is expected to make an appearance at the Barrington parade.
By Kathy Johnson
The Municipality of Barrington’s annual Festival of Lights begins Thursday, Dec. 5 with 10 days of activities planned to celebrate the Christmas season as well as the start of the commercial lobster fishery in southwestern Nova Scotia.
The festivities kick off on Dec. 5 with the Turning on the Lights opening at the North East Point Gazebo at 7 p.m., which will include lighting the lobster pot tree, an LED Christmas lights exchange where two sets of old incandescent holiday lights can be traded for one LED set, and a fireworks display. In case of inclement weather the fireworks will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
The Barrington Municipal Library will be the scene for Christmas festivities on Dec. 6. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with the Proclaiming Puppeteers performing and sing Christmas songs for all. Refreshments will be served.
Dec. 6 is also the deadline to enter the Gingerbread House Contest. Pre-made kits are available from the Barrington Municipal Recreation Department for a small fee. Competition will be in three categories: Teen (13 to 18); adult (19 to 64); young at heart (65 plus). The entire display except the base must be edible. Completed houses must be brought to the Library on Dec. 6 during open hours. Judging will take place the following day.
The ever popular ERMES Craft Market will take place on Dec. 7, starting at 10 a.m. That evening the annual Barrington Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade will get underway at 7 p.m. The parade will start at the former high school site in Barrington Passage, making its way through the business district to Causeway Interiors. Anyone wanting to enter the parade can contact call Bobbi Jo Symonds at 745-1655 or pick up a form at Wilson’s Shopping Centre.
Santa Claus is coming to town on Dec. 8, with a stop at the Island and Barrington Passage Fire Hall in Centreville from 1 to 3 p.m. Besides a visit with Santa, crafts will also be available for children to work on. Refreshments will be served.
The annual Christmas House Tour, featuring homes in the Barrington and Barrington Passage area this year, will also be held on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, the houses on the tour include: Terri and Kevin Thomas, 274 Sherose Island; Shelley Nickerson, 3134 Barrington Passage; Rhonda and Todd Christie, 3108 Barrington Passage; Jen and Ern Crowell, 382 River Road; Jamie Symonds, 35 Villagedale Road; and the Wesley Heritage Community Centre (2288 Barrington) where Christmas Tea will be served. Tickets are available at Wilson’s Shopping Centre, Snap It Up Photography and Simply Country Décor.
The Festival of Lights celebrations continue with a kitchen party at the Wood’s Harbour Community Centre on Wednesday, Dec. 11, starting at 7 p.m.
The Barrington Municipal Library will be hosting a Scrapbooking Program for ages 8 to 11 on Thursday, Dec. 12 starting at 3 p.m., where participants can make a Christmas card. Participants are asked to register with the library by Dec. 11.
Also on Dec. 12, Shelburne County Senior Services will be hosting a Christmas Tea for Seniors at the Barrington Area Lions Hall. Transportation is available. Entertainment will be provided by Rachel MacLean and other local talent. Pre-registration is a must. Contact Shawna Symonds at 1-800-565-0397.
Children ages 5 to 12 will be able to build their own gingerbread house in the program being offered by the Barrington Recreation Department on Saturday, Dec. 14. Participants must pre-register by Dec. 13 (637-2903). The program will be held at the library starting at 10 a.m.
Also on Dec. 14, the Cape Sable Historical Society will be hosting the annual Christmas Carol Concert at the Old Meeting House in Barrington. The festivities begin with the lighting of the lens at the Seal Island Lighthouse Museum at 7 p.m. Participants are advised to dress warmly.
The Festival of Lights wraps up on Sunday, Dec. 15 with a new event; the Reindeer Dash 2k and 5k fun runs. Sherose Island will be the start line for the 1 p.m. event. Registration information is available on the recreation website: www.barringtonrecreation.ca or by contacting Samantha Goreham at the recreation department.