Sunday, August 14, 2011

Lumière lanterns coming soon

Dark cloud over the Minto Bridges
I have just found out that this year's Lumière Festival will culminate with an Evening of Light in the New Edinburgh Park next Saturday. The event begins at 5 p.m. but it's best to arrive after dark; it goes on until 10 p.m., the park being lit with homemade lanterns hanging in the trees. Ghostly free standing creations will be visible too and even some floating ones, tethered carefully on the Rideau River.

On previous years this has been quite magical, very atmospheric and cleverly put together; the children in particular love this occasion. However, last year's lantern festival, sad to say, was a wash out, the delicate lanterns lashed with rain in a cold wind. It is raining heavily as I write this and dark clouds have been hanging around in the afternoons and evenings, but let's hope for better luck with the weather this time round. A large number of local artists and performers have been engaged to entertain the crowds in the dark next Saturday. Good luck to them all!

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