Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Light in the Darkness

There’s a lot of darkness in the world these days.

But last week, in our little corner of the world, in a small town on a beautiful island in Lake Ontario, we did our part to banish some of that darkness.

Photo by Eve Harvey
We gathered in a park, friends, neighbours and strangers alike. Adults, kids, grandmas and dads showed up carrying lanterns they’d made with their own two hands. Some of them wore costumes; almost all of them wore smiles.

Photo by Danny Sheppard
This was our third annual Firelight Lantern Festival, and it was glorious.

Photo by Ramesh Pooran
Photo by Vanessa Pandos
Photo by Ramesh Pooran
Photo by Ramesh Pooran
Music from The Shuffle Demons helped us dance down Main Street as we made our way to The Crystal Palace.

Photo by Johnny Lam
Photo by Ramesh Pooran
Photo by Ramesh Pooran
Photo by Ramesh Pooran
Photo by Bay Woodyard
Photo by Ramesh Pooran
There was music and dancing, shadow puppetry and laughter and silliness...

Photo by Marc Keelan-Bishop
Photo by Ramesh Pooran
Photo by Fouad Elgindy
Photo by Ramesh Pooran
...And there were wishes for peace.

Photo by Eve Harvey
Our warmest thanks to all the artists and volunteers who worked so hard to make the festival such a success, and to our sponsors: The Ontario Arts Council, The County of Prince Edward, Gilbert & Lighthall, and The County of Prince Edward Public Library.

But most of all, thanks to each and every one of you who attended the festival and helped us light up the night at a time when we all needed to push back at that darkness.

Keep your creative fires burning bright, and see you next year!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

So you want to come to the Firelight Lantern Festival...

So you want to come to the 3rd annual Firelight Lantern Festival? Great idea!

Leanne Shea Rhem and Zac Kenny, photo by Emily Mountney-Lessard, The Intelligencer
Here’s everything you need to know:

WHO should come?
Easy answer: You! There is something for everyone. Adults & kiddies alike, all are welcome.

WHAT on earth will we be doing?
  • Parading down Main Street Picton with our lanterns 
  • Seeing fantastic live music from the ShuffleDemons (jazz/funk = awesome)
  • Watching a shadow puppetry show 
  • Dancing to music by DJ Ombudsman
  • Kids activities in the Pink Palace
  • Delectable treats from The Lunchbox
  • And enjoying a veritable feast for the senses!
Photo: Ramesh Pooran

WHEN is this fabulous event?

Saturday November 14, 2015. Gather at Benson Park between 6 & 6:30. In case of bad weather you can go straight to the Crystal Palace at 7 PM.


After meeting at Picton's Benson Park, we’ll be parading to the Crystal Palace, the biggest lantern of them all.

Here’s a handy map:




How much does this cost?
The parade is free; entrance to the Crystal Palace is $5 for adults, $3 for children, or Pay-What-You-Can. You can pre-pay your admission at Benson Park and skip the line-up at the Crystal Palace. Just look for one of our volunteers.

No lantern? No problem!
We'll have lots of lovely lanterns for sale for $10 each.

How do I light up my lantern?
Our volunteers at Benson Park will be handing out LED tealights and sticks to carry your lantern in the parade. No live flame, please!

What should I wear?
Dress warmly, and if you want, wear a costume! Whatever makes you feel good.

Still have questions? Contact Susanne at 613-922-5288

See you there!