Join in celebrating Cumberland’s unique and storied history on Saturday, February 18th as a part of Heritage Week in British Columbia.

The 13th annual Heritage Faire takes place at the Cumberland Recreation Institute Hall from 10 am to 4 pm. Founded by a group of community volunteers in 2003, the Faire is modeled on the folk festival that ran from 1949 to 1958 celebrating the diverse heritage of Cumberlanders. Each year families, clubs and organizations set up displays of antique tools, unique collections, photos, demonstrations of crafts and folklore from the early days of Cumberland and the Comox Valley; many with hands on elements.  The Faire also offers family – friendly entertainment. This year’s line-up includes the Black Swan Fiddlers, Comox Valley Scottish Dancers, David Somers, Laurie Tinkler School of Dance, and more. Be sure to enjoy the Heritage Faire concession with delicious lunch items available on site. Admission to the Faire is by donation.

Over at the Cumberland Museum and Archives, children are invited to drop by to create a Chinese New Year craft between 11am to 1pm.  The museum will be open by donation all day with over 40 exhibits to explore, video kiosks, and our famed replica coal mine.

Between 10am and 4pm, participants of all ages can enjoy walking a labyrinth, illuminated with paper and glass lanterns at the Cumberland Cultural Centre. Then, at 6:15, gather for the annual Lantern Parade leaving from the Village Square (3rd Street) and proceeding to Village Park. Entertainment by Samba du Soliel and Fired Up – Cumberland’s Community Fire Performers, as well as the popular sky lantern release, will take place in the park weather permitting.

For further information on Heritage Day activities in Cumberland, visitwww.cumberlandmuseum.ca/events, or search ‘Heritage Day in Cumberland’ on Facebook.
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