James Bay Window Wanderland Feb 22–24

James Bay Window Wanderland Feb 22–24

By Robert Hawkes

James Bay Window Wanderland takes place over three nights, February 22-24, from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Interest is high, and this year promises to be even more inspiring than last year’s offering.

You can register, browse photos, and get ideas for your display at https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/james-bay-2019/. If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible. Keep in mind that each family unit doing a display in a building should register. You need to be registered for people to know where to find your display!

Refer to the December-January issue of the Beacon for information on getting your display ready. Choose a scale that fits your location, and try out illumination in advance to make sure it works. Be creative in finding a theme that matches your interests. Please keep in mind that all displays are to be family friendly, and if you live in an apartment building or strata unit get permission from the manager or council.

A Show-and-Tell Social at New Horizons on Saturday January19 was a rich sharing experience between those who participated last year and some who are trying out Window Wanderland for the first time.

See the previous issue of the Beacon for details on workshops. You can check with the James Bay Community School Centre (250-389-1470) or New Horizons (250-386-3035) to see if space remains. The workshops offered by Dawn Olson take place on February 2 and 9 (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at James Bay Community School Centre and 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at New Horizons).

The Perry Place Prowlers enjoying the 2018 James Bay Window Wanderland. Photo by Terry Loeppky.

The Perry Place Prowlers enjoying the 2018 James Bay Window Wanderland. Photo by Terry Loeppky.

Terry Loeppky asked me to remind people that Window Wanderland is a pedestrian-powered event, so leave that car at home as you wander the streets to view the displays. Dress warmly and be visible as you roam James Bay to view the displays.

Another innovation this year was encouraging people viewing to “be your own walking display.” This could be as simple as an interesting sweater, scarf or hat, or you may want to use portable lights or even dress in character. Be creative! Terry offered the following suggestions: “… think glow sticks, blinky lights, funny hats, fairy wings…”

James Bay Window Wanderland is jointly promoted by the James Bay Community Centre and James Bay New Horizons Centre. Funding comes again this year from a City of Victoria celebration grant. The beautiful poster for James Bay Window Wanderland was designed by Alannah Bachynski. The event is @jbwindowwanderland on Instagram and @jbwindowwander1 on Twitter.

Lucy Reeves Khan, the originator of Window Wanderland, described it this way: “Transform everyday streets into magical, outdoor galleries.” You can learn about Window Wanderland internationally at https://www.windowwanderland.com/. James Bay remains the only location in North America where the event takes place.

If you want to do your part to promote the event, flyers can be picked up from the reception desk at the James Bay Community School Centre at 140 Oswego St.

An early peek at one display for the 2019 James Bay event courtesy of Murray Colvin from 151 St. Andrews St.

An early peek at one display for the 2019 James Bay event courtesy of Murray Colvin from 151 St. Andrews St.

New Horizons at 234 Menzies will be offering hot chocolate on all three nights of the event from 6:30-8:30, with payment by donation. There will also be a refreshment station at James Bay Community School Centre from 6:30-8:30 on Saturday (JBCS PAC) and Sunday (Imaginary Table Improv). Families or buildings may want to consider setting up their own warm drink and cookie station on the nights of the event.

We look forward to seeing you out on the nights of the event. Watch the next issue of the Beacon for images from the 2019 event. You can download and print your own map to find the locations of all the displays at https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/james-bay-2019/.

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