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The River of Light Lantern Parade 2014:

We are very excited to announce that the River of Light 2014 will be taking place on Saturday, December 6th at 5pm, in Waterbury, Vermont!
We have a whole host of community and school workshops taking place before the event - please check the posts below for further details.
This theme for this year's parade is Our Town: buildings, people and landmarks from your home town.
Have a beautiful Fall and we'll see you soon!
Gowri, Angelo and MK.

River of Light T-shirts!

October 23, 2014

We are very excited to announce that the new River of Light t-shirt will be available soon! To celebrate our 5th year, we will be selling a limited edition River of Light Parade t-shirt to help raise funds for future parades.
The design is based on the 2013 parade poster and short sleeved t-shirts will be available in black only, in both child and adult sizes.The cost is $10 for a child tee and $15 for an adult size.

River of Light_2014_Mockup

River of Light T-shirt Mock-up

T-shirts will be available for purchase at all of our workshops – Nov 1st, 2nd and 8th in Thatcher Brook Primary School, Nov 15th in Union Elementary in Montpelier and on Nov 22nd at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.
They will also be available for sale on the day and evening of the parade. And if you can’t make it to one of our workshops, you can always purchase one from the Stowe Street, Emporium, 23 Stowe St, Waterbury, VT 05676. (802) 244-5321
Please contact us directly for further information or to make a special order.


River of Light T-shirt design

The Story of the Poster…

October 2, 2014
Posters 2014

We just wanted to tell you a little bit about this year’s event poster. To celebrate our 5th year of the River of Light, we decided on the theme ‘Our Town – faces, places and landmarks from your home town’. We are hoping that all of the buildings that people recreate in lantern form will take the shape of a newly formed ‘global village’, as they parade through the streets of Waterbury on December 6th. For the poster design, artist Gowri Savoor created paper-cuts of buildings in all the towns that we have collaborated with in the last 5 years – and we’ve thrown a few beloved Vermont landmarks in as well. You might spot Waterbury’s Thatcher Brook Primary School, The Vermont State Complex and the historic railway station (which now houses Green Mountain Coffee Roasters), also Burlington City Arts on Church Street, Helen Day Art Center in Stowe and the State House in Montpelier.

Gowri creating the paper cuts

Gowri creating the paper cuts

the town begins to grow...

the town begins to grow…



Artists’ Lantern Making Workshop Nov. 1st & 2nd 2014

September 25, 2014

– This 2-day intensive workshop will give artists, art teachers and other creative types an opportunity to experience working with larger-scale lantern structures to spearhead a lantern parade.

– It is a wonderful opportunity to create a larger-scale build if you are hosting a lantern parade within your school or community. Previous experience of making is advised. This workshop is for adults only. Hosted by Gowri Savoor and Angelo Arnold.

Intensive 2-Day Artists’ Workshop
Date: Saturday November 1st and Sunday November 2nd 2014
Place: Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT
Time: 10am-4pm on each day, which will include an hour break for lunch.

– Participants must attend both days
– Battery operated LED lights will be available for purchase
– Limit of 20 participants
– This workshop is not suitable for children
– Donations will be welcome

For more information and to book your place, please contact Gowri Savoor on

Artists' Workshop 2013

Artists’ Workshop 2013

Community Workshop Schedule 2014

September 25, 2014

We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a series of community workshops for this year’s event – please find details below.

1. Community Workshop 1 – Waterbury
Date: Saturday November 8th 2014
Place: Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT
Time: 10am -3pm to include an hour break for lunch

2. Community Workshop 2 – Montpelier
Date: Saturday November 15th 2014
Place: Union Elementary School, Montpelier VT

Time: 10am-3pm to include an hour break for lunch

3. Community Workshop – Stowe

Date: Saturday November 22nd 2014
Place: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT
Time: 10am-3pm to include an hour break for lunch

Please note that for the above community sessions:
– Workshops are free to attend.
– All tools and materials will be provided. If you have a pair of hand-held
pruning shears, please bring them along, you’ll find it useful to have a 
pair of your own.
– Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. This 
activity is not suitable for children under 4.
-There will be a limit of 20 participants.
– Donations will be welcome.
– For more information and to book your place, please contact Gowri Savoor on

Helen Day Art Center Community Workshop 2013

The 2014 River of Light Poster

September 21, 2014

Hello and welcome to the 2014 River of Light! Please find our event poster below. Community workshop schedule to follow…

River of Light in Pictures…Parade Night!

December 11, 2013

Here they are at last–these amazing photographs have been taken by photographer, Gordon Miller. If you are interested in purchasing prints, please do so directly from his website (link to the right). Enjoy!

River of Light 2013 in Pictures… Part 1!

December 11, 2013

Here are a few images, pre-parade.   Many thanks to the students from Harwood Union High School, Norwich University students and staff, TBPS staff and community members who lent a hand to help with the set up and clean up of the parade.

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A Night of Magic…

December 8, 2013

A great big thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate in the streets last night for the  2013 River of Light. It was a beautiful evening that surpassed all of our expectations. The parade snaked its way through the streets of Waterbury–hundreds of people of all ages from Burlington to Randolph, Middlebury to Northfield–including our wonderful Waterbury community who came out in force with fantastic lanterns of every shape and size.
Weather conditions were perfect–a clear and cloudless evening, any nighttime chills were taken away by the hot chocolate we drank by the roaring bonfires as we watched the ethereal sky lanterns rise into the inky sky. The arrival of the SD Ireland Cement Truck, a giant, rotating luminous globe of light was the final joy.
The beaming smiles on everyone’s faces was testimony to magical community event – thank you all!
Photos are on their way! (Photo below by Jason Swift)




It’s Parade Day!

December 7, 2013

Making the finishing touches to our lanterns and looking forward to seeing you on the streets tonight for the 2013 River of Light! The weather looks set to be little chilly but clear and dry – so remember to wrap up warm and bring your lanterns–we’ll see you down at Thatcher Brook Primary School, parade leaves at 5pm!The rainbow fish!

The Jellyfish Factory…

December 3, 2013

Even in the last few days, people are working hard in the Jellyfish factory at Thatcher Brook in Waterbury. Yesterday I was lucky enough to walk in on the tail-end of a teachers’ workshop. It was a delight to see the teaching staff of TBPS laughing and working together to make these quick and effective lanterns to carry in the parade–the addition of different yarn scraps and a glitter glaze in the glue really transforms these simple forms.


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