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!

xo


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