The Estuary Carol Walk is an invitation to enjoy our beloved Airwalk and Riverway during Winter. Christmas is a period of anticipation, a time when people light up long dark days and nights with candles, carols and festivities. It’s an opportunity to share some universal traditions of the season in our unique location by joining birds, seals and other residents of our community. We live in a Canadian rain forest so dress for the weather! Carry a water bottle. Bring a flashlight or headlamp and carol sheets if possible.
The fourth annual Comox Valley Estuary Carol walk begins at dusk (4:30-4:45 pm) Sunday, Dec. 7 at Mansfield Drive parking lot. Carollers might also wish to join the walk at the airpark parking lot. Locals Restaurant (Old House) will offer a wassail cup to all carollers who arrive at their door about 6 pm.
For those who wish to stay for dinner, Chef Ronald St. Pierre has planned a special 3-course caroller’s dinner for $40 (includes tax and gratuity). Tourtiere pie, chanterelle mushroom and cheese risotto or red snapper filet are options. Host Tricia advises reservations because their restaurant has limited seating. “Phone Locals early to get a reservation ticket for dinner so you won’t be disappointed” (250-338-6493).
In addition to the Airpark and Riverway carol walkers, Captain Dan Clair of Comox Harbour Tours will book some carollers ($20) on his decorated boat. (250-218-9146). They’ll depart from Comox Harbour and, weather permitting, all carollers will sing together at several Air Park locations. It’s a good way for carollers who can’t walk very far to participate.
This year’s carol leader is Joanna Finch. Joanna is a well-known singer/songwriter who directs VocalEase classes and workshops. Her love of natural sounds infuses her leadership so she will offer carollers a “voicestra” at the beginning and end of the walk. Carollers are certain to enjoy making sounds in this outdoor environment. “It’s not necessary to be a choir singer – we will have carol sheets and our voices.” Sometimes groups arrive to add interesting harmonies. St. John’s Society volunteers will patrol.
Project Watershed sponsors this event, organized by volunteers led by Betty Donaldson. It isn’t a fundraiser and registration isn’t necessary. The purpose is to celebrate the winter Advent along our unique Estuary. “… all creatures that live on the earth share a single light by which they see and a single atmosphere by which they breathe” (Marcus Aurelius, 121 – 180). For more information, contact the PW office by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at (250-703-2871).