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Songs in the Snow – Warmth and Light for the Festive Season

Edwardian Carollers from the River's Edge District Girl Guides perform at Songs in the Snow - Photo by Sabrina Henry

Steveston village warmed up for the start of the holiday season with Songs in the Snow: A Vintage Christmas at Steveston Museum’s Town Square Park.

For the first three Saturdays in December 2017, the community came to celebrate the spirit of Richmond by joining in the singing of favourite holiday songs performed by local community and school groups and creating a vintage-style Christmas craft or two. Over 1,300 visitors took selfies beneath the beautiful illuminations in the park, enjoyed free refreshments and explored the Japanese Building on-site for a different seasonal installation for each of the three event evenings.

In the holiday spirit of community and giving, Songs in the Snow supported the Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop building restoration on Chatham Street in Steveston and Ignite the Warmth, which provides blankets to the homeless.

The Steveston Historical Society would like to thank:

  • Our project sponsors: the Richmond Community Foundation, and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th
  • Our project partners at the City of Richmond and Richmond Arts Coalition
  • G&F Financial Group – West Richmond Branch for sponsoring our refreshment booth
  • Our event volunteers for their dedication and support in the winter weather
  • Sinfully the Best for their generous gingerbread donation to raise funds for the Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop building restoration
  • Sabrina Henry for her photographs of the Edwardian carollers that were used in our advertising
  • Representatives from Ignite the Warmth and the Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop

and last, but definitely not least, our amazing performers:

  • River’s Edge District Girl Guides (our Edwardian carollers)
  • A-Tone Entertainment (winter photo booth)
  • Rose Croft Quintet
  • 3AM Jazz Quintet
  • Ukuladies of Lulu Island
  • Glenn Chatten Band
  • Zulu Panda
  • Hugh McRoberts Secondary School
  • Tomekichi Homma Elementary School

Songs in the Snow was presented by the Steveston Historical Society, the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Richmond Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Arrival of the S.V. Titania Mural Unveiled for Canada 150

Vignettes actors with Director Michael Chiu at the Mural Unveiling

Steveston Village has welcomed a new mural to town!

In honour of Canada’s 150, the City of Richmond commissioned the painting “Arrival of the S.V. Titania” by world-renowned maritime painter John M. Horton. This painting is on display at City Hall.

Mural artists Dean and Christina Lauzé skillfully reproduced the painting on the south wall of the Steveston Hotel next to Fisherman’s Park. The painting was unveiled as part of Culture Days weekend on October 1, 2017.

Our vignettes actors were on-site to add to the ambience of the event. Congratulations to everyone involved in this beautiful and historic piece of artwork.

Garden Dinner Party a Delight – Revitalized Town Square Park a Beautiful Venue

Beauty Shop Dolls perform at the Garden Dinner Party in August

The Steveston Historical Society hosted a summer garden dinner party in the Steveston Town Square Park on August 19, 2017. Guests enjoyed a beautiful evening and catered dinner while listening to a melodic performance by the Beauty Shop Dolls.

The Steveston Town Square Park, as well as the adjacent Japanese Benevolent Society Building is available for small receptions and events. Please contact us if you are interested in renting this beautiful venue.

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