By Catherine O’Hara
The Waterdown Business Improvement Area (BIA) invites community residents to take part in the first annual Choral and Candle Walk this Saturday, Dec. 1.
“The whole intent of what the BIA is trying to do is bring the community together to make it a special place for the Christmas season,” said the business group’s executive director, Wilf Arndt.
Inspired by a similar event held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Arndt has secured numerous choirs to perform in the heart of Waterdown’s Victorian Village.
Starting at 6 p.m., residents can rally at Magnolia House Spa, Salon and Boutique, located at 20 Main St. North, where members of the Waterdown District High School choir will perform on the business’s veranda. There, participants can also purchase candles, with proceeds benefitting Drummond House, a transition home for women and children in Flamborough. Refreshments, including hot chocolate, courtesy of the Flamborough Review and coffee, thanks to Brown Dog Coffee Shoppe, will be served, as will treats, courtesy of the Jitterbug Café and Voortman.
At 6:30 p.m., Choral and Candle Walk volunteers will guide attendees on an evening stroll through the historic streets of Waterdown, where they’ll enjoy performances by various area choirs located along Main and Mill streets, including at Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home, Knox Presbyterian Church and the Waterdown branch of the Hamilton Public Library.
Event participants, said Arndt, “can stop, they can sing along with the choir or they can just stand there and listen.”
For more information on Saturday’s Choral and Candle Walk, visit the BIA's web site.