We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2013. We hope that you are able to spend the holidays with those you love and can cherish these special times together.
Check out some of the awesome things happening around Langley.
Keeping to the theme of our recent posts, if you have a sentimental longing for the ways of the past, a little gem found in our historic village of Fort Langley is sure to quench your nostalgic thirst. Located on Glover Road in the heart of the charming ‘Birthplace of BC’, Cafe Planet Java pays homage to a time of classic rock and roll. Decked out in Elvis memorabilia, Marilyn Monroe’s smile lights up the walls, and their famous milkshakes are just some of the draws for visitors and locals alike.
Summer isn’t the only time it’s fun do a Circle Farm Tour. Winter can be a great time to visit our local farm-gate shops to find great gift ideas for the holidays, or just to spend some time with your family exploring your own backyard. Here’s an update on what’s going on along Langley’s Circle Farm Tour.
December is almost here, and with this holiday month comes a plethora of seasonal activities and events. December 1st itself is packed full of fun things to do for all ages to partake in to celebrate the season. Below is a list of things to do and places to go on the first day of December. What will you take in?
I don’t know about you, but as soon as Halloween is over, I start getting anxious for Christmas. I know the holiday season can be a headache for many… worries about getting all our gifts bought and wrapped on time take up most of our thoughts, and all we seem to do is shop shop shop. Last minute deals pop up everywhere, our mailboxes become filled with holiday flyers, and television ad’s promote the latest techy device that we just ‘have’ to have. I try not to let these thoughts get to me. We need to focus on what’s really important. The Christmas holiday means many things to different people, but to me it has always been a time to celebrate traditions, spend time with our families and spread joy to those around us.
Some of my fondest childhood memories relate to Friday nights at the drive in movie theatre. It was a tradition when I was young and growing up in that magical decade – “the sixties”. Okay – so I’m aging myself, but these days I’m becoming especially vulnerable to anything from the period of my youth. Just ask any baby boomer!
‘Tis the season! The holiday season is upon us and many are starting to think about their holiday shopping needs. As the ‘shop local’ movement grows, more and more people are looking closer to home to find items to cross off their lists this year. Langley has an wide array of local shops and stores that cover everything from clothing to candy, and housewares to antiques. There’s no doubt that you will find what you’re looking for at one of our local gems. We’ve compiled a list of holiday shopping events that are taking place within the community this year. They are great places to start looking for that person who has everything. If we are missing any upcoming events, please let us know!
Douglas Day is held on November 19th every year and will be celebrated by many this month at the Fort Langley National Historic Site on November 17th. Douglas Day, the day to celebrate the establishment of the colony of British Columbia and its first governor James Douglas is held every year in Fort Langley, also known as the Birthplace of BC who hosts a Caribbean celebration in coordination with Parks Canada, the Fort Langley Legacy Foundation, and the Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of BC. Many are unaware of James Douglas’ Caribbean roots, but indeed he hails from Guyana, a country on the north-eastern shore of South America.
The importance of Remembrance Day is instilled in Canadian youth at a young age. We learn about Canada’s role in the World Wars, why the date of November 11th is so important, and what the symbol of the red poppy is. As children, many of us took part in ceremonies at school as well as attended with our families, ones held within our communities. Every year on November 11th I would bundle myself up in coats, toques and mitts and head to our Civic Centre to listen to the stories, salute the Veterans and watch the parade of wreaths be laid. After the ceremony inside was over we would head outside to the cenotaph and watch the parade of which my Dad and brother, along with their scout group were often part of. We would stand in silence at eleven o’clock to remember those who have fought for our great nation.
Well it’s November 1st and that means that many of your stomachs are full of Halloween treats, and your compost bins are full of pumpkin. If you picked this year’s pumpkin directly from the field at Aldor Acres farm, then you probably saw this sign. Albert and Dorothy, the owners of the Aldor Acres Pumpkin Patch don’t let their squash’s go to waste after the spooky holiday, they are reused – as food for their herd of cows!