Visitors are invited to bring holiday cookies and ornaments that reflect yuletide and winter solstice celebrations throughout the world. As always, a tree will be erected in the old British Royal Marine Light Infantry barracks building — just as it was likely done in the mid-1860s when the camp was in its heyday.
The park’s Volunteer of the Year award and volunteer recognition is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The park will provide beverages, two fires to warm the bones and entertainment to include staff and volunteer re-enactors in period uniforms and dress, storytelling, contra dancing as well as other multi-cultural folk dances.
Dance of the Elders – December 11, 2014
Wooden clogs, colorful serapes and “old man” masks accent the Dance of the Elders procession through Friday Harbor and ending at St. Francis Church. The dozen or so dancers make a distinctive clacking sound as they perform a variety of folk dance routines to mariachi music. This dance is an ancient pre-Columbian ritual. This fun event starts at 6:30 p.m. from the Port of Friday Harbor parking lot.
Open House & Guided Light House Tours – December 13, 2014
From 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. the Friends of Lime Kiln Society Lighthouse are hosting a holiday open house at Lime Kiln Point State Park. The Interpretive Center/Gift Shop will be open and there will be guided tours of the Light Keepers Quarters and the Light House.
San Juan Island’s community chorus is going straight to the heart of Christmas this year, with beautiful settings of familiar carols and Christmas traditionals. To add to the festivity, an island-grown chamber orchestra will join the Singers onstage for John Rutter’s Magnificat. This energetic, joyful piece sets the Magnificat text and a 15th century prayer to Mary in lush harmonies and dancing rhythms. Shows will be at the San Juan Community Theatre Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.