Crafter back at Alberni mill for light fest

Crafters will be at McLean Mill in Alberni on Friday, Dec. 9 to Sunday, Dec. 11 for the annual Festival of Lights.

Glassblower Halina Tayour of LG Arts works on a glass piece at dusk during the McLean Mill Christmas Village on the weekend. Tayour and several other crafters will return to the mill for the final weekend of the Festival of Lights.

Glassblower Halina Tayour of LG Arts works on a glass piece at dusk during the McLean Mill Christmas Village on the weekend. Tayour and several other crafters will return to the mill for the final weekend of the Festival of Lights.

If you missed the McLean Mill Christmas Village last weekend, take heart: close to a dozen of the crafters will be back this Friday, Dec. 9 to Sunday, Dec. 11 to add a new aspect to the annual Festival of Lights.

Ten crafters, many of them from Work of Heart, will have their wares on display in the visitors’ centre as well as some of the camp buildings, just like last week.

The bonfire will be lit again for people to keep warm, and there will be hayrides on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., mill manager Neil Malbon said.

“We’re hoping this is an event that grows,” Festival of Lights organizer Ludmilla Lyle said. New groups that took on decorating some of the camp buildings this year included the RCMP, Western Forest Products and M&D Auto Parts.

The Beaufort Gang, who won last year, have stepped up their efforts with this year’s building.

There are still buildings that haven’t been assigned, and new groups are welcome to check them out to plan for the 2012 festival.

The Festival of Lights runs Dec. 9–11 from 4–9 p.m. each night. Vote for your favourite building, and the donations will go to charity.

Crafters will be at the mill on Friday from 4–8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 4–8 p.m.

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