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Light Up the Cove is December 4

‘Tis the season season to sparkle
light up the cove volunteer decorators
Basia Lieske, Jewal Maxwell and Cathi Westrop have dedicated hours of volunteer time to transform Snug Cove into a festive seasonal wonderland.

If you think the holiday decorations in Snug Cove are beautiful now, wait until the light switch gets turned on.

At 7 p.m. on December 4, Rondy Dike will sound the cannon at USSC Marina. With such appropriate fanfare, the lights on a myriad of decorations will suddenly twinkle, there will be a special light show and the Yuletide season will feel officially “on.”

This year’s Light Up the Cove celebration is a pandemic-modified version of the annual Light Up Bowen community gathering.

Santa Claus knows it will be a bit too crowded if he arrives by boat and invites children to tell him all their Christmas wishes. Instead, he’s going to limit his annual trip to the island to his Christmas Eve fly-by to individual homes.

Friends of Santa, however, will be at the turning-on-the-lights ceremony to hand out candy canes.

Basia Lieske, who is once again heading up the volunteer effort to transform the Cove into a winter wonderland, is also hoping there will be a Santa Claus parade on Sunday, December 12. For this to happen, she needs help: 

  • trucks with drivers
  • flatbeds
  • and people who want to dress up in a multitude of costumes she already has available. Size-dependent, you can take your pick of gingerbread cookies, elves, toy soldiers, snowpeople, candy canes and, of course, a Snow King and Snow Queen.

The parade is pencilled in for 1:30 p.m. on December 12.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with any of these events, please contact Basia at or text her at 778-957-0947.

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