The River of Light Lantern Parade 2013:
Is OVER! Thanks to everyone who ventured out on a chilly December evening to make it a truly magical occasion.
We wish you a happy holiday season and look forward to seeing you out on the streets for next year's Parade.
This would not be possible without the support and participation of so many people - here are a few thank yous!
- Firstly, a big shout out and “Welcome to Waterbury” to Chad Ummel, Waterbury’s Recreation Director for the superb job of organizing the culminating events at Dac Rowe Field.
- Thanks to the artists, students and workshop participants for making such terrific lanterns and to all the volunteers and community members who helped out during the art classes and on parade day.
-Thanks to the National Honor Society students from Harwood Union High School, architecture students from Norwich University and TBPS staff for all of your support on the day.
- Thank you to all of the town officials for supporting our event in Waterbury, the police for closing the streets and keeping the parade crowd safe, and Sambatucada for the music again this year.
And finally, a great big thank you to our sponsors: The Vermont Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, Thatcher Brook Primary School PTO, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Anonymous donors.
Wishing you all the very best!
Gowri Savoor and MK Monley
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!
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.
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)
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!
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.
We are only a week away from this year’s River of Light – and we would love your help! If you have a few hours to spare on Parade Day, Saturday December 7th, please do let us know – any assistance would be really appreciated!
Here is a small sampling of what we’ll be getting up to on Parade Day:
10am-3pm: getting lanterns ready and fitting poles
3pm to 5pm: helping artists with their lanterns, distributing lanterns to the Thatcher Brook students, attending light stations
5pm to 6pm: stewarding in the parade and generally having fun!
On Saturday 23rd Nov, we hosted the last of our community workshops at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT. We had a wonderful turnout and made some beautiful structures. Some photos below:
The community workshop at Thatcher Brook Primary School was pretty fabulous. We had a full house including some artists who spent the day finishing off their structures. The 4th graders have made a big impression at TBPS this year – 16 lucky students spent two intensive afternoons working with Gowri to make some of their own larger-scale sea creature lanterns–sculptors in the making.
On Saturday we hosted the first of our community workshops – at the BCA Center on Church Street, Burlington. We had a great time introducing lanterns into the Burlington community and admiring all the fabulous lanterns that were made. Thanks BCA for being such great hosts!
What an incredible weekend we have had with a creative mix of over 22 artists, art teachers and teaching artists from around the region including Burlington, Middlebury and New York. This year we were fortunate to have a group of 3D students from Norwich University, which will be a fantastic contribution to this year’s parade. Each year the lanterns made in this 2-day intensive workshop get more complex, more ambitious and more exciting. The Under the Sea theme was taken to extremes with an incredible selection of octopuses, shells, sea anemones and a healthy shoal of fish. Throw in a penguin, a seahorse and a mermaid for good measure! Thank you, Vermont Arts Council for your support to make this amazing opportunity available!