Homecoming makes return

Christmas is a time of giving, a time for sharing and a time to come together with family and friends

  • Dec. 13, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Christmas is a time of giving, a time for sharing and a time to come together with family and friends, and that is just what Sorrento residents plan on doing.

An old tradition has been brought back to life in the Shuswap, as plans get underway for the Christmas homecoming. Many years ago the event was an annual occurrence.

While many who have since left the Sorrento area would return to visit family and friends for Christmas, they often would not have enough time to see everyone they wanted.

The annual homecoming event provided a central place where everyone could meet and catch up while enjoying some great entertainment.

The event was very popular, and no one seems to know why, or even exactly when, the tradition stopped.

It wasn’t until last year during the area’s 100-year anniversary that the tradition was adopted once more as a nod to Sorrento’s past.

It proved to be such a success that the event is scheduled for its traditional slot on Boxing Day, Dec. 26, once again.

Homecoming organizers have decided to use the long-lost tradition as a means of supporting their community as well. They have decided that if the event makes any money, they will donate it to the Sorrento Health Centre, in support of the new occupational therapist in the area.

Tickets to the event cost $15 and can be bought in advance at the Lighthouse Market as well as the Business Centre.

Those attending will enjoy the talents of well-known Shuswap entertainers, The Turtle Valley Band, throughout the night. Their music has been described as a mix of classic rock and classic country. A lunch will be provided for those who work up an appetite throughout the night, and a cash bar will also be on hand.

The event is an 18-and-over event; those appearing to be 25 and under are advised to bring ID.

Last year’s event attracted about 100 attendees, and this year organizers are aiming at 120.

Those looking to take part in the festive gathering should be sure to get their tickets early.

For more information on the event, which runs from 8:30 until 12:30 p.m. at the Sorrento Memorial Hall, call Sandra Heschuk at 250-675-2222.