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Dundarave Festival of Lights, Dec 7, 2008

Took place next to the Beach House Restaurant on Dec. 7 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Dundarave Beach. With the support of the Dundarave Business Association, this year the Festival was driven by the community for families, sustainable and caring. All donations raised from tree sponsorships this year went to the North Shore Emergency Shelter. Almost $22,000 was raised for this worthy cause. Of course in the competition for the best-decorated Christmas Tree, the Cove Dragon Busters placed FIRST!

Dundarave Beach Christmas Tree Decorating Competition

All tree decorations were hand-made by the team two weeks before the event. A gaggle (herd? flock?) of sewing machines was pressed into service to make the Santa hats in the team (blue) colors.

West Vancouver Mayor, Pam Goldsmith-Jones (far left) listens as Sue McMinn on behalf of the "Busters" explains the Dragon Busters' purpose and goals to the crowd at Dundarave Beach.

Ghostly shapes of the Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers under an elegant beach palm tree.

Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers performed several traditional dance routines.

The huge bonfire made from beach logs provided a roaring center-piece to help warm the cockles.

The bonfire on the ocean beach looking back on all the decorated trees.

The following photos are from Sue McMinn showing the Elves (some say Smurfs) who decorated the WINNING Christmas Tree two days before the competition

(Back Row L-R) Joan Creighton, Sheila Blair, Lail Weeks, Ruthie Ross, Chris Tree, Joan Krombholz, Sue McMinn, Gail Miles (Kneeling L-R) Lisa Anderson, Barb Wallace, Lou Moreau, Penny O'Rourke

Photo - Susan Murray

What would you expect? FIRST PLACE (of course)

And going way back to the creative process, November 23, 2008...

(Standing L-R) Chris Whalen, Ruthie Ross, Janet Evans, Janet Warren, Sue McMinn, Penny O'Rourke, Elaine Downey, Sharon Clements, Ann Reynolds (Seated L-R) Joan Creighton, Gail Miles, Diane MacNeal, Susan Murray

Brief acquaintances that showed up but soon disappeared.

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