Lanterns swaying in the darkness

Lanterns are still popping up in unexpected places throughout our house. Our 1.5 year old and 4 year old pick them up to do their rounds of the kitchen and livingroom, playing “lantern walk”.

Before we put those lanterns away for the year, I’d like to say thanks:

To the 250 or so people from across KW and beyond who came out to the 2014 lantern walk. Strangers talked to each other, neighbours met, friends walked together.

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We gathered with our lanterns on Hett Ave., in the Breithaupt Neighbourhood of Kitchener.

To KW Hydro, the City of Kitchener and especially Lane Burman from the Mount Hope Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association for turning the streetlights off for the walk. There was magic in the darkness.

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A few words were shared to mark the beginning of winter and longest night of the year, and to consider peace in our hearts, our homes, and our world.

To the wonderful solstice choir (Kari, Ellen, Megan-Fay, Laura, Martha, Angie, Beth, Darrell, and Joel) and especially to Kari Kokko for bringing the choir together.

To Crystal Bradford, Liam Kijewski and Sarah Granskou and all of the lantern-making artists whose beautiful lanterns lit up the night. And to Extend-a-family for their enthusiastic support of the walk, including hosting the lantern making workshop.

To the lantern walk volunteers: Alyssa and Wellesley Cider (without whom there would have been no hot apple cider!), Andrea, Dan, Jana, Jessica, Julian, Lane, Luiza and all those who dropped off cookies, circulated posters and shared facebook invitations.

And for poetry, fire, darkness and light. See you on December 21 2015!

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We walked!
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The evening ended with a surprise fire spinning performance.

Special thanks to Brian L. for the photos.

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