River Lights Winter Festival

River Lights says thanks to Park House with donation

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Park House Museum has been an active partner in this year’s River Lights Winter Festival and the latter is now saying thanks.

River Lights co-ordinator Sarah Van Grinsven presented a cheque for $500 to Park House curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak last Friday morning. Van Grinsven explained the donation was due to the fact the Park House has worked with River Lights on such events as the Holiday House Tours.

“Every year, the house tours committee chooses a community based organization,” said Van Grinsven. “We choose an association that could benefit from the exposure.”

With three other homes on the Holiday House Tours being in the vicinity of the Park House Museum, the museum was chosen to be the “tea room” on this year’s tour.

River Lights co-ordinator Sarah Van Grinsven (left) presents a $500 cheque to Park House Museum curator Sarah Van Grinsven.

River Lights co-ordinator Sarah Van Grinsven (left) presents a $500 cheque to Park House Museum curator Stephanie Pouget-Papak.

“This year, we chose the Park House, which was perfect,” said Van Grinsven.

Pouget-Papak said the money will be put back into the programming the Park House Museum offers. They currently still offer a Victorian Christmas exhibit with students that pass through the museum getting lessons from the Ontario curriculum, she added. A fur trade exhibit is planned for the spring, Pouget-Papak added.

The River Lights’ Gingerbread Warming House closes for the season this Sunday and Van Grinsven said the snow on the ground makes it a better experience.

“The lights look extra fabulous when snow is on the ground,” she said. “We want people to take advantage of it.”
The Park House closes for the season Dec. 21 though is open by appointment in January and February.

“Working with River Lights has been great,” said Pouget-Papak. “We’re building partnerships to make our community stronger.”

Van Grinsven agreed that the partnership has been a good one, adding the Park House was also a part of River Lights’ “Downtown Holiday Nights” at the beginning of this year’s festival.

Love at the Lights

 

 

By Adam D’Andrea

When one young woman went to meet her boyfriend at the Amherstburg River Lights, she never could have imagined what was waiting for her as she turned the corner.

Alicia Savoni strolled down the path in King’s Navy Yard Park last Thursday night to find her boyfriend Dan Lombardo and a marriage proposal she’ll never forget. Lombardo, with some help from his father, had constructed a light-up sign with the message “Will You Marry Me?” and placed it among the River Lights. Savoni’s reaction was best summed up in three words.

Dan Lombardo proposes to his girlfriend Alicia Savoni at the Amherstburg River Lights in King’s Navy Yard Park on Dec. 8. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

Dan Lombardo proposes to his girlfriend Alicia Savoni at the Amherstburg River Lights in King’s Navy Yard Park on Dec. 8. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

“Oh my God!” said Savoni, 24. She was expecting to walk by the River Lights and head to Barrel 67 for dinner with Lombardo, but was “definitely not expecting” an elaborate marriage proposal.

“I thought he was just going to do it the old fashioned way,” she said.

Lombardo, 24, got the idea when he was browsing the internet for interesting and memorable marriage proposal ideas. Following a call to the Town to check if there were any underground utilities in the area, he got the go-ahead and began planning.

Alicia Savoni shows off her engagement ring after accepting a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Dan Lombardo at the Amherstburg River Lights in King’s Navy Yard Park Dec. 8. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

Alicia Savoni shows off her engagement ring after accepting a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Dan Lombardo at the Amherstburg River Lights in King’s Navy Yard Park Dec. 8. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

“I just typed in ‘light up letters’ and found this,” he said. “I decided to put a sign together and I thought the Amherstburg Lights was a great idea because we come here every year.”