This year marked the 9th anniversary of Santaʼs Breakfast in Lions Bay. How things have changed in the past 10 years, but festively remain the same. This year the festivities were joined by the Historical Society in Celebration of Lionsʼ Bayʼs 40th Anniversary.
When I started this event 10 years ago I had no idea it would bloom into this amazing Village Christmas Spirit that grows year upon year. This event started when the Events Committee was but one member and I needed help
– the Playschool needed a fundraiser and thus a perfect partnership began. Since we are on a nostalgic history run, a little fact for you all - Our Playschool is the oldest operating playschool in British Columbia and it is through community connections that we remain a huge community asset.
This year the Playschool elves were in full swing and they helped pull together another great Annual Santa Breakfast. Over 60 families attended the event this year; grandparents of the community brought their loved ones, former Playschool Chairs attended, as well as friends of residents who now regularly mark this date. One guest I was surprised to see was a playschool dad from 30 years ago, having no children at home and being through the Playschool many years past. I think his message summed up the good work of so many:
“I am so impressed; my wife just has to see this.” He went home, returning with his bride to share the spirit of the season Lions Bay style.
is by far one of my favourite kick off events for the season with the sweet sounds of 3 and 4 years olds in their first concert. However it doesnʼt happen in just one day, like Santa whooshing down the chimney quick as a flash. This event happens because of the generosity of so many and with the vision of playschool parents. The main stage has, for the past ten years, been filled by one jolly fellow Santa and behind the scene, making sure he is available, is the big elf himself, Michael Tickner. The seat of honour has seen some great many pictures over the years and the reins will sadly but proudly passed this coming year.
The event this year was delegated by the Event Coordinators Jessica Weiss and Heather Hood, who had a great decorating team headed up by Sarah Berneburg and Bernadette Riedijk and a huge team to help them. All the photos were taken by Mike Santos and the main course was organized by Nancy Richmond and Tanya Cosgrave and their great team of pancake flippers.
Many others helped pull it all together with purchasing and payment collection and of course the cleanup brigade which was assisted by a recycling program. We also had some great student volunteers, as well as myself, ensuring Santa remembered the names of all the good boys and girls in attendance. It took a lot of hard work and spirit to pull off a huge success and thanks to every playschool parent who contributed to the holiday magic.
We would like to thank this yearʼs sponsors, the Lions Bay Events Committee, Dale Falconer, Super Save Fuels, Howe Sound Marine and our coffee donator this year, Brazza of North Vancouver.
We hope you enjoyed our festive event and that you will pass on any feedback to improve for future years. It is a joy to be a part of your holiday traditions and to share them in this place we all call Home.
Merry Christmas to all. May your Village Spirit continue to burn brightly.
Please mark Sunday May 26th on your calendars now. More updates can be obtained here or through the Art Council website: Link to Lions Bay Art Council website