Ciara Petti released a butterfly in honour of her cousin Meghan’s birthday. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEO: Butterfly release remembers those who have passed and also honours the living

Annual tradition raises funds for Langley hospice

Some came to celebrate the memory of those who passed away, while others attended the annual butterfly release at Krause Berry Farms in Langley to honour the living or just to have the fun of seeing a slightly sleepy butterfly emerged from a small box and take flight.

They released 450 butterflies Saturday afternoon at the fifth annual fundraiser for the Langley Lodge and the Langley hospice.

Meghan and Joel Neufeld attended with their daughter, two-and-a-half-year-old Brinley in memory of their son Ryker.

The parents have been coming to the event since Ryker passed away in hospital, and began bringing Brinley in 2017.

“It was an emotional year having her here, releasing a butterfly for a brother she doesn’t know,” Meghan Neufeld said.

The event began at 1:30 p.m. with a warning that, thanks to the slightly cooler weather, butterflies might decide to land on the ground, so people should look where they stepped.

It was not a simultaneous release, a move by organizers to allow people to have their own moments in the U-pick garden at Krause.

Ciara Petti was trying to transfer a butterfly from her hand to the reason for her visit, her cousin Meagan.

It was, Petti explained a celebration of her cousins’ birthday, who had just turned 23.

Elsewhere, Kennedy Christopherson smiled when her butterfly decided to hang around a bit after the four-year managed to coax it out of the box.

It landed on her summer dress, looking for all the world like a beautifully detailed ornamental pin.

Then it flapped its wings and departed.

In addition to the butterflies in flight, the family-friendly event offered musical entertainment, children’s crafts and activities, face painting, and everything else Krause Berry Farms has to offer with their wine tasting room, waffle bar, café and market place.

READ MORE: 2017 butterfly release

READ MORE: All aflutter



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

The butterfly released by Kennedy Christopherson, 4, of Langley, chose to hang around for a few minutes. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Sisters Scarlett, 3, and Avery, 6, came all the way from Mission. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Just Posted

Snowfall warning: 5-10 cm expected in Lower Mainland

The snowfall will start Tuesday and carry on into the evening, before tapering off Wednesday

Snowfall warning issued for Surrey, Langley

Environment Canada warns to ‘be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions’

Lost a ring? This White Rock man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

PHOTOS: Family Day celebrated at Historic Stewart Farm

Youngsters participate in some old fashioned fun

Clayton’s little neighbourhood libraries are open for business

’Take a book, leave a book’ initiative aims to bring Clayton residents closer together

Mermen calendar targets ‘toxic masculinity,’ raises big money for charities

Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club gave a cheque for more than $202,000 to Violence Prevention NL

Payless to close 248 Canadian stores, saying it’s ‘ill-equipped’ for market

The company will begin closing stores at the end of March

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash

Super snow moon set to rise across B.C.

It is the biggest and brightest moon of the year

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

5 to start your day

IHIT investing South Surrey homicide, B.C.’s budget set to focus on climate change, poverty and more

Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

UPDATED: ‘Violent’ B.C. man back in custody after Alberta arrest

Prince George man with ties to Vernon was being sought by police

After a week away, SNC-Lavalin questions await MPs returning to Parliament

Two have resigned already: Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans affairs minister and Gerald Butts was Trudeau’s principal secretary

Most Read