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The 16th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival Happens September 22, 2018

11 Sep

MOON-FESTIVAL-POSTER-2018The 16th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival happens Saturday, September 22, 2018.  This family friendly event celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance and diverse cultural traditions. The festival highlights the arts, community and the environment. It is always held on the Saturday closest to the 8th full moon of the year, the harvest moon.  The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival started in 2003 under artistic director, Carmen Rosen and now continues every year as a co-production between the Still Moon Arts Society and Renfrew Park Community Association. If you have not attended this event previously, it is an amazing display of creativity, colour, light and music.  We encourage you to check it out.

The festivities begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 7:00 pm at Slocan Park. This event is a pre-cursor to the parade that happens at dusk.  During the Harvest Fair, there will be games, crafts, musicians, last minute lantern making, community competitions and more. As the moon rises and the sun sets, the Giant Moon Lantern along with dancers and musicians make their way to guide a twilight lantern parade through the Renfrew Ravine to Renfrew Park.  Once you arrive at Renfrew Park at about 7:30 pm, you descend into a transformed world of the stream, Still Creek. The entire area around the creek is lined with lights, floating lantern art and ethereal music. It is quite something to see.  Time slows seems to slow down as you walk through the paths and absorb the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns and the shimmering stream. Once you pass through the walkway, you come upon Renfrew Park Field which is where you will find musicians playing on the main stage and a Tea Garden with food service. The evening finale features youth performers showcasing dance, stilting and fire spinning to live music. Then the big finale is a display of fireworks around 9:00 pm.

If you are looking to make a lantern, note there are a couple of workshops this week, September 11th and 12th, a Salmon Lantern Workshop and a Bird Lantern Workshop, both held at Collingwood Neighbourhood House. For more information, visit Moon Festival Workshops.

Ride With The Crows On The Twilight Crow Roost Bike Ride March 10th

5 Mar

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACrows are an ever present part of life in East Van. Do you ever wonder where they go at dusk?  There are a number of videos now online which give a hint of where they all go, but there is nothing like experiencing it in person.  On Saturday, March 10th, the Still Moon Arts Society invites you to ride along with them and the crows for the annual Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride.  They will follow the crows on the Central Valley Greenway towards Burnaby which is approximately 5 km round trip. To ensure safety, organizers ask that you have lights and/or reflectors for the ride home.  This is a free family friendly event. Everyone is welcome. NOTE: The ride could be rescheduled due to poor weather, please check Still Moon Arts Society Facebook page for the latest details. The ride gets underway at approximately 4:45 pm at Renfrew Skytrain Station. There is a second meeting spot at Lakewood and Central Valley Greenway which leaves at 5:30 pm.  

Photo Credit: June Hunter

Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival September 30, 2017

26 Sep

RenfrewRavineMoonFestivalThe 15th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is scheduled for September 30th, 2017. If you haven’t attended this event, you are missing out. This is a great family event celebrating the environment around us with displays of colour, light and music.  This year’s theme is migrations.  Organizers, being the Still Moon Arts Society, would like those attending the event to reflect on the global movements that occur every day. It could be fish swimming across vast oceans, birds flying across Canada or that person travelling to meet friends or a loved on.  With the issues facing the world today, movement is playing a more significant role.

You are invited to come experience the installations created for this year’s event and discover your own stories in the theme of migration.  The festivities begin in the afternoon with the Harvest Fair which kicks off at 4:00 pm and goes till 6:45 pm at Slocan Park.  This event is a pre-cursor to the parade that happens at dusk.  The Harvest Fair features games, crafts, friendly competitions, musicians, community booths and more.  If you are interested in making a last minute lantern or purchasing one from a local artist before the parade, you can do so at the Harvest Fair. 

At approximately 6:45 pm, as the moon rises and the sun sets, musicians and dancers will lead a twilight lantern parade from Slocan Park through the Renfrew Ravine to Renfrew Park.  Along the way, the procession will pass the river-stone labyrinth with candles laid throughout.  Many of those in the procession are carrying lanterns and as you walk along you will see many homes on the route getting into the act with displays of light and colour on their properties that abut the Renfrew Ravine.  Once at Renfrew Park, this is where some exquisite lanterns are on full display and candles set up throughout the ravine. It is quite a spectacle to see.  The event finishes at 8:30 pm in Renfrew Park with choreographed dance performances, stilting and fire spinning along with swing and jazz music. The grand finale includes fireworks.  This is a free all ages family friendly event.

 

Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride February 25th

8 Feb

crowroostrideSo crows are an ever present part of life in East Van. Do you ever wonder where they go at dusk? On Saturday, February 25th, the Still Moon Arts Society invites you to ride along with them and the crows for the annual Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride.  They will follow the crows on the Central Valley Greenway towards Burnaby which is approximately 5 km round trip. To ensure safety, organizers ask that you have lights and/or reflectors for the ride home.  This is a free family friendly event. Everyone is welcome. Come ride with the crows! NOTE: This is a rescheduled date from the February 18th proposed date, but due to rain was rescheduled to February 25th. Let’s hope for better weather this weekend.  The ride gets underway at approximately 4:45 pm at Renfrew Skytrain Station.

Foto Friday– 14th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival

23 Sep

lantern20166In case you missed it, last Saturday was the 14th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival which was put on by the Still Moon Arts Society and over 200 volunteers. The event kicked off with a Harvest Fair from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. After that, a Twilight Walk took place over to Renfrew Park with lanterns dotted along the path as well as the labyrinth with an array of candles laid out on the ground and a choir on hand.  Once you arrived at Renfrew Park, there was an amazing array of lanterns throughout the ravine. All paths and walkways were lit with candles and/or lanterns of varying sizes and lanterns, salmon of course being a big theme.  We were lucky to catch a few songs by the Vancouver Youth Choir in the ravine which was surrounded by candles and lanterns. It was quite something to experience.  Once outside of the ravine, you were treated to live music, a final performance which included fire dancing, stilt walking and fireworks. Although we didn’t capture pictures of everything, we did manage to capture photos of many of the lanterns and a few other things.  We hope you enjoy them and keep an eye out for next year’s event. 

Stilt Walking Workshops By Still Moon Arts Society This March

2 Mar

StiltWalkingWorkshopLooking for something to keep your kids and/or young adults entertained during Spring Break? Still Moon Arts Society is offering Stilt Walking Workshops this March for beginners and as well as those looking to brush up on their skills at an intermediate level.   The workshops will be led by Isabelle Kirouac. Isabelle is a professional dancer, acrobatic stilt-walker and educator who has been teaching to both professional artists and community members all over the world. If you’ve attended the Still Moon Arts Society Moon Festival, you may have seen her working behind the scenes. These workshops are open to stilters and aspiring stilters between the ages of 10 and 24.  Workshops are $80 but $50 scholarships are available as part of their Youth Engagement Project which is funded by the BC Arts Council.  The Beginner Stilt Walking Workshop takes place March 19th and 20th and the Intermediate Stilt Walking Workshop takes place March 22nd – 24th. Both workshops take place at Slocan Hall, 2750 East 29th Avenue.  To register, visit Still Moon Arts Society. To learn more about the workshops, contact Isabelle directly at isabellekirouac@gmail.com.

Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride February 13th

4 Feb

CrowinLondonPedroCoboSo crows are an ever present part of life in East Van.  So fitting then that we should all be invited to ride with the crows on Saturday, February 13th.  This event is organized by the Still Moon Arts Society and the Windermere Bike Society.  They invite you to come down with the family, your friends and, of course, your bikes to begin the Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride at 4:45 pm at the Renfrew Skytrain Station. They will follow the crows on the Central Valley Greenway which is approximately 5 km round trip. This is a rain or shine event, but to ensure safety you are reminded to have lights and/or reflectors for the ride home.   This is a free family friendly event and snacks to share are encouraged.  Come ride with the crows!

Photo Credit: Pedro Cobo

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