Wednesday, November 26, 2003

On Bowen we celebrate often. In the summer, we stage Bowfest, a festival of music and humour that serves as our island's national summer holiday. The High Holiday on Bowen is definitely Halloween which features a fireworks display from the volunteer fire department from Sandy Beach on Mannion Bay as well as a haunted house interactive multi-media perfomance and scads of trik or treating in Deep Bay.

Once the weather turns dark and wet, we get ready to Light Up The Cove, beginning the annual Christmas season. This year the agenda looks like this:

6:00-6:20 Music at Artisan Square

6:20-6:30 Lantern Parade walks to Village Square

6:30-6:40 Carol Singing at Village Square

6:40 Light up Village Square

6:40-6:45 Parade continues to the Creche at Orchard Square

6:55 Three Wise Men lead the parade to the Cenotaph

7:00 Cannon sounds to Light Up the Cove

7:05 Santa arrives at Union Steamship dock

7:00-7:30 Carolers and Santa at Docs Patio for goodies

7:30 Santa departs by Fire Truck

7:30 Celebration of the Nativity continues at the Creche at Orchard Square

Santa arriving on a boat at the USSC dock and getting carried off by the fire truck is an annual highlight. It's usually pouring rain on the day, but this year the clear cold weather we have been enjoying all month is expected to continue.