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by Elrik Merlin on Friday, 4 January, 2008

Voyages to Imagination: A Carnival Masquerade
Saturday Jan 5, Noon – 6pm

The Caledon Library announces a gala event to mark the opening of its newest branch, the H.G. Wells Memorial Branch Library in Caledon Wellsian. A masked street party on January 5 will celebrate the opening of the Library and its inaugural exhibit on the New Orleans Carnival.

The roadway along the northern shore of Caledon Wellsian will be host to a festival of masking, mumming, music and dance from 12 noon to 6 pm SLT on January 5th, 2008, a date traditionally observed as the festival of Twelfth Night.

Marking the end of the Christmas season and the start of the Carnival season, Twelfth Night, the eve of the Feast of the Epiphany in the Christian liturgical calendar, has traditionally been a time of merriment and mischief-making befitting the brief and topsy-turvy reign of the Lord of Misrule. The Library is pleased to invite all of Caledon’s citizens and friends to our Twelfth Night festivities; a most hearty invitation is extended to those for whom Caledon is yet unknown, that they might discover the pleasures of this fabled land.

Masking is most courteously and heartily encouraged for this event. Appropriately festive music will be supplied by the musical conjurers of Radio Riel – a Renaissance Rave from noon to 3pm with Elrik Merlin, followed by a Carnival Extravaganza with Gabrielle Riel – and an assortment of seasonal refreshments will be offered. Opportunities will be available for public dancing, as well as more private forms of entertainment, equally traditional in this season of misrule and upending, as the spirits move.

The opening exhibition at the Wellsian Branch of the Caledon Library is on the New Orleans Carnival. An article on the exhibit may be found here.

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