Monday, December 5, 2016

We Brought the Light!

Do you remember that night that we lit up the dark
When clutching our lanterns we met in the park?

Photo: Ramesh Pooran

Then we set off down Main Street our lanterns held high

Photo: Ramesh Pooran

Flowing through Picton like a bright-beautiful tide.

Photo: Ramesh Pooran

Our drums we did bang...

Photo: Johnny C.Y. Lam

 And our horns we did blow...

Photo: Ramesh Pooran

And together we walked and we carried that glow

Photo: Ramesh Pooran

'Til we made our way to a most magical place

Photo: Craig Morrison

Where smiles could be found on every face.

Photo: Luke Hendry, Belleville Intelligencer

We played in the midway...

Photo: Johnny C.Y. Lam

And we danced to the band...

Dave Clark & The Woodshed Orchestra. Photo: Ramesh Pooran

We were dazzled by performers from all over the land.

Erin Ball of Kingston Circus Arts. Photo: Luke Hendry, Belleville Intelligencer.

The lions they roared...

Photo: Craig Morrison

And some fortunes were told...

Photo: Johnny C.Y. Lam

And the lantern gallery gave us much to behold.

Photo: Pamela Harwood

But let’s flash back for a moment to how it began

In the weeks before that night, we built all this with our hands

Photo: Ramesh Pooran

We made lanterns of every size and description

Photo: Ramesh Pooran

In town halls, in libraries, in stores and in kitchens.

Photo: Ramesh Pooran

And the thing about the festival that I most treasure

Photo: Ramesh Pooran

Is that all of us conjured this magic – together.

Until we meet again, keep those fires burning bright
Because the only way to fight the darkness is to bring more light.


A heartfelt THANK YOU to our 50+ volunteers, our 70+ donors, and to our sponsors: The Royal Hotel, Gilbert & Lighthall, Hartford & Stein, The Vic Café, Angelines and the Hubb, Green Gables, and the County of Prince Edward.

If you would like to be a volunteer or sponsor for the 2017 festival, 
please get in touch with

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Looks who's coming to town!

We're absolutely tickled that this year's musical guests are Dave Clark & the Woodshed Orchestra!

The Woodshed Orchestra mashes up classic dance styles from all over the world into a soulful celebration.

Legendary Toronto drummer Dave Clark (Rheostatics, Dinner is Ruined, The WoodChoppers Association, Gord Downie and Charles Spearin) pilots a five-piece horn section, four-piece rhythm section and full-ensemble vocals through New Orleans Funk, 2nd line and Jazz, R&B, Ska, Soul, Reggae, Punk, Rock n Roll, Blues, Country, Surf Rock, Neo-Greek, Ranchero, Polka, Disco, Samba, Afro-Pop, Waltz, New Wave, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Power Pop, Klezmer, Torch Ballads, Tango and Calypso, in an extraordinary celebration. This band is a funky, uplifting and joyful ride every time it plays.

Git yer dancing shoes on! This is going to be a real treat!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 Lantern-Making Workshops

Ta-da! We are most pleased to announce our 2016 schedule of public lantern-making workshops.

Make your very own paper and bamboo lantern, and bring it to the festival to parade through the streets and light up the night!

No experience required, and all ages welcome. We provide the materials & instruction. You bring your friends, family and creativity! We recommend you give yourself 3 hours to make a lantern; younger children will need assistance. 

Sat. Oct. 15, 10 AM-4 PM, Picton Library, 208 Main St. W. 
Cost: by donation, sponsored by the County of Prince Edward Public Library

Tues. Oct. 18, 3-7 PM, Picton Library, 208 Main St W.

Cost: by donation, sponsored by the County of Prince Edward Public Library

Wed. Nov. 2, 5:30-8:30 PM, Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross St.
Cost: $10 per lantern. Free meal from Food Not Bombs served 5:30-7.

Thurs. Nov. 3, 6-9 PM – Lantern-making demonstration at FRUgal & Company, 167 Main St., Picton. Drop by and see the creative process at work, find out more about the festival, enjoy some seasonal nibbles and check out FRUgal’s selection of retro vintage finds. 

Fri. Nov. 4, 10 AM-8 PM, Baxter Arts Centre, 3 Stanley St, Bloomfield. 
Cost: $10 per lantern.

Sat. Nov. 5, 12 noon-8 PM, Baxter Arts Centre, 3 Stanley St, Bloomfield.

Cost: $10 per lantern.

Sun. Nov. 6, 12 noon-4 PM, Athol Town Hall, 1685 County Rd. 10, Cherry Valley. 

Cost: Kids are FREE! Adults by donation, sponsored by the Athol Recreation Committee.

Wed. Nov. 9, 5-9 PM, Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross St.
Cost: $10 per lantern.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Support the Firelight Lantern Festival!

We've just launched an indiegogo fundraising campaign to bring the Firelight Lantern Festival back to Prince Edward County on November 12, 2016. We really need your help to keep making our special kind of magic. Will you consider making a donation? It's easy and secure - just click HERE.

photo by Danny Sheppard

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dreaming BIG for 2016 Festival!

We are dreaming some big dreams for the fourth annual Firelight Lantern Festival, coming to Picton on November 12, 2016. Make sure you save the date!

photo by Ramesh Pooran
Friends and fans, we need your help! We are looking for sponsors for our 2016 festival. Do you know a business or organization that can help us bring our special type of magic to Prince Edward County? Please contact us for more information about sponsorship opportunities available: Thanks!