1:30 p.m., Dec. 18)
Convent Glen woman creates miniature Christmas village in
By Fred Sherwin
Slade can trace her fascination with miniature villages all the way
back to her childhood when her mother used to set up a series of seven
paper and cardboard buildings with miniature lights inside on a field
of cotton batten snow.
Slades miniature Christmas Village is
made up of more than 500 pieces, including
nearly 50 of the animated variety. Fred Sherwin/Photo
set still has a place of honour on the main floor of Vivian
and Bob Slades Convent Glen home, but not far away
is a far more impressive display which they began assembling
when they first started dating in 1993.
couples 8x10 foot sunroom is completely dominated
by a multi-tiered miniature Christmas Village made of
more than 500 buildings and figurines, including more
than 40 animated pieces each requiring its own power source.
couple starts putting the village together the day after
Halloween. It takes roughly six weeks to complete
working from back to front.
the most complicated aspect of the village are the power
chords. Each animated piece has its own AC adapter, All
told, the village requires 12 power bars. The underneath
of the table bares a striking resemblance to a big bowl
the years Vivian has stuck to an early 1800s theme. There
are no vehicles to be found, but there are plenty of horses,
buggies and sleighs. Theres only one exception,
a Tim Hortons restaurant smack dab in the middle
of the village. Tapped underneath the building is a picture
of Vivianes younger sister who passed away from
breast cancer in 2012.
always had to be the first one to see the village when
it was done. It was our little tradition, says Viviane.
And we have the Timmies because she practically
lived there. Now she always has a place in our village.
the many visitors to the Slades sunroom are their
seven grandchildren and their neighbours who line up at
the door for a chance to be among the first to view their
job of putting the village away takes about 48 hours and
begins the day after New Years.
Slades then get to enjoy their sunroom for another 10
months before doing it all over again next November one
miniature house at a time.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)