The tradition of people going around a neighbourhood singing Christmas carols is an ancient one.
However, in the Comox Valley, it’s a new event.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., you’re invited to join singers as they walk from 27th Street along the Riverway to the Old House. At the restaurant, Jeff and his team will provide a wassail cup to all carollers. Those who wish to stay for dinner will receive a special holiday rate.
Carollers will gather at the parking space behind Serious Café off Cliffe Avenue at 27th Street in Courtenay. They will be led by Oliver Clarke, accompanied by Jim Boase on trumpet.
Those who don’t want to walk 10 blocks, could join the minstrels at the airpark or at the Old House. Dress for the weather and for the season!
Following the Riverway, the route will go past several strata complexes, the Whistle Stop Pub and Holiday Inn, past the Information Centre and airpark to the Old House Gazebo.
This is a free public event for people of all ages who wish to begin the holiday season by celebrating traditionally but with Comox Valley style and ambience. Everyone should have a light and bring some carol sheets.
It is not necessary to be a great singer but it is necessary that everyone has a great time so dress for the weather. If it is really awful outside, we will meet at the Old House Gazebo for a rather short walk to the restaurant!
Wassail is derived from an old English word meaning “be thou hale.” Sometimes people would go into orchards and sing to the apple trees so they would bear good harvests.
Often carollers were invited into homes for a cup of good cheer. In recent years, money often is offered for good causes.
This event is not a fundraiser per se but any monies collected will be donated to the food bank. At the restaurant, a charities table will have Glacier Granny angels and cards and the Conservation Strategy 2012 calendars for sale.
Organizers are Project Watershed volunteers.
If you are a large group, it probably would be wise to book a table at the restaurant. For further information about the carol walk, contact Betty at 250-331-0475.