Heritage Day in Cumberland

Celebrate our region’s history and heritage at the Cumberland Heritage Faire, the Cumberland Lantern Festival, and at a special event taking place at the Cumberland Museum and Archives on Saturday, Feb. 17.

In its 16th year, the Faire offers a fun filled day of music, food and entertainment for the whole family. Explore a wide range of displays from organizations and private collections including the Comox Valley Ukrainian Cultural Society, the Comox Air Force Museum, HAMM (HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial), Denman Island Lace Makers, the Cumberland Fire Department, Comox Valley Genealogy, and more. Enjoy family–friendly entertainment from the Old Time Fiddlers, Joanna Finch, David Somers, Time for Uke, the Barbershop Quartet, and other surprises. Enjoy the Heritage Faire concession with homemade lunch items available. The Faire runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cumberland OAP Hall at First and Dunsmuir. Admission is by donation.

Coinciding with the Faire is the Cumberland Lantern Festival. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., participants of all ages can enjoy walking a labyrinth illuminated with paper and glass lanterns at the Cumberland Masonic Hall. Then, at 6:15 p.m., gather for the annual Lantern Parade. Join a lively procession led by the Golden Honey Second Line marching band, leaving from the Village Square and proceeding to Village Park. Entertainment by Fired Up – Cumberland’s Community Fire Performers, and the popular sky lantern release will take place in the park, weather permitting.

The Cumberland Museum and Archives is open by donation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with exhibits to explore, and its famed replica coal mine. Join us at 11 a.m. to witness the blessing of the Kumugwe mask by K’omoks and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Karver Everson, and to celebrate the opening of the new permanent Kumugwe exhibit.

Make a day of it at the museum, Heritage Faire and Lantern Festival.

FMI: cumberlandmuseum.ca, or search Cumberland Lantern Festival 2018 or Cumberland Heritage Faire 2018 on Facebook.

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