Please join us for these Yuletide events

Sunday, December 13 @ 1 p.m.: Online Christmas Social

Please watch for your upcoming invitation to our CFUW Online Christmas Social which you will received via email in the coming days. Some planning is still in the works but here is a brief outline of what we will offer:

– Barbara Collier will delight us with one or two Christmas Carols – if you want to sing along make sure you are on mute.

– Bev Symons will read a Christmas Story

– A break-out group to chat about Christmas traditions, exchange recipes, cherished or amusing recollections from your, or your children’s, early Christmases.

– A Christmas Bingo game — Nora will send you an email with your personal, printable Bingo card

Wear your crazy Christmas sweater or other Christmas paraphernalia, if you have one. It will be perfectly acceptable to sip on a glass of wine or other libation; munch on shortbreads or your favourite cookies all afternoon!

Other surprises are in the works. We hope you will be able to join your CFUW friends on Sunday, December 13 at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of songs, cheers and laughter.

Tuesday, December 22 @ 6 p.m.: A Festive Walk to view Lights on Stratford

We will meet in the lower section of the Erie Street parking lot at 6 p.m. for a healthy and fun walk to view the display as part of the Stratford Light Festival.

On your arrival at the parking lot, locate Nora Walden who will be collecting donations for Optimism Place. See the attached document for a list of Urgent Needs at the shelter. If you prefer to make an online gift of money, please visit their website at

You can join the walk from start to finish or part way; it all depends on your level of energy, your stamina or your willingness to brave the December weather. Here is our route from start to finish:

1. From the parking lot we will make our way through Allen’s Alley to the Made in Stratford outdoor light art installations in Market Square and watch the unique light features projected on the historic City Hall building.

2. We will then make our way up Downie Street to Ontario Street for a look at the coordinated light art displays floating across multiple storefronts all the way to Waterloo Street.

3. Moving along Waterloo Street, we’ll see lights projected in multiple colours and patterns on inner walls and the lobby of the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre — a tribute to the Stratford Festival visible from the site as well as the river pathway.

4. Our stroll then takes us along the river pathway to the magical display on Tom Patterson Island.

5. On our way back to the Erie Street parking lot, we will retrace our steps along the river pathway, and follow Veterans Drive to see the York Street storefront light displays before returning to our cars.

Please note:

Please let someone know if you decide to leave the walk before we’ve completed it. We don’t want to lose anyone along the way.

Bring along your cell phone if you have one, just in case of an emergency.

Dress warmly. Walk at your own pace. Respect social distancing. Masks are recommended even though we’ll be outdoors.

See you all soon.

Season greetings to anyone unable to join us!

Optimism Place Urgent Needs







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