The River of Light 2016!

The 2016 River of Light in Waterbury is over! On behalf of Gowri, MK and Angelo, we would like to thank everyone who helped to make our 7th lantern parade such an incredible success. Firstly to all of you–students, parents, workshop participants, artists, walkers and spectators–for providing the light, energy and joy. Also thanks to Deb Fowler, Waterbury’s Rec. Director for the festivities at Dac Rowe.

We can’t forget our musicians: a big thank you Sambatucada, Brass Balagan, and The Crossett Brook Middle School Junk Band for providing such fabulous music, and also to Ignis Solus for a terrific fiery finale.
We had groups of volunteers including students from Norwich University, students from Harwood Union High School, and a whole host of community volunteers who gave their time, energy and commitment. Thanks also to the police and fire department for helping to ensure everyone stayed safe on the night.

Finally, we couldn’t do it without our sponsors, supporters and local businesses who helped to make it a parade to remember.
Heartfelt thanks to you all for your continued support and for celebrating the change of season in such spectacular fashion. With love and light ❤

It’s Parade Day!

We have been working well into the night putting the finishing touches on our lanterns… and we are finally there!

There may be a chance of snow showers, so wrap up warm, grab your lanterns and we’ll see you on the streets!

Still need to make a lantern for this year’s parade?

Make this adorable flowerpot to carry in Saturday’s parade!

Flowerpot Lantern!

Flowerpot Lantern!

Here’s how to make this easy lantern at home:

Fantastical flora in time for Saturday’s parade… see you on the streets!

Images from the community workshop….

Last weekend, over 50 community members from all over central Vermont attended our two community lantern-making workshops at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury. It was a beautiful, fun and convivial atmosphere – here are a few photos from the day…

Lantern Fever takes over Thatcher Brook Primary School

For the past few weeks, TBPS students from Pre-K to 4th grade have been working with excitement to complete their lanterns for this year’s River of Light in Waterbury. Pre-K to 2nd grade students have been working with MK Monley, art teacher at Thatcher Brook. 3rd and 4th graders worked with Gowri Savoor to make individual flower-pot lanterns which will be overflowing with wild vegetation and fantastical flora, come parade day.

Art-Community-Light. Some images from the 2016 Artists’ Lantern-Making Workshop

A few days ago, over 20 artists, educators and creative-makers spent two days with artists Angelo Arnold and Gowri Savoor, to create large-scale lanterns to spearhead this year’s River of Light in Waterbury. Some incredible structures came out of the weekend including: a bird of paradise, a giant acorn, several toadstools that will form a fairy ring, a saguaro cactus and a coffee plant. Look out for them at the parade on Dec 3rd!


Only 2 weeks left to register for this year’s Large-Scale Lantern-Making Workshop

This year’s intensive large-scale lantern-making workshop takes place in just 2 weeks time! This is an amazing opportunity to build your own lantern to spearhead this year’s River of Light in Waterbury lantern parade.
Instruction by experienced lantern-builders, Gowri Savoor and Angelo Arnold takes place over 2 days, and covers structure, cladding, materials, construction and carrying methods.  Suggested donation is $25 per person to cover materials–tuition over 2 days is completely free of charge.
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity – suitable for artists, educators and enthusiastic makers. Workshop is not suitable for children.

Date: Saturday November 5th and Sunday November 6th 2016
Place: Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT
Time: 10am-4pm on each day, which will include an hour break for lunch.

Contact Gowri Savoor on or call 802 778 0334 to register!

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A Great Big Thank You to this year’s sponsors!

A heartfelt thank you to this year’s sponsors and supporters:

The Green Mountain Coffee Cafe & Visitors Center
Revitalizing Waterbury
Waterbury Duxbury School District
The Alchemist
Waterbury Rotary Club

Axel’s Frame Shop and Gallery
Billings Mobil
Darby, Kolter, & Nordle, LLP
Northfield Savings Bank
Old Stagecoach Inn
Simon Operations
Sunflower Salon
Thatcher Brook Primary School PTO
Waterbury Recreation Department

Thanks to the generosity of our local restaurateurs you’ll be able to  support the River of Light Lantern Parade while enjoying our spectacular local fare. Every Tuesday in November, participating restaurants will donate 10% of their proceeds to Waterbury’s River of Light Lantern Parade.  Make a date with your family and friends! Here are the participating restaurants:

November 1st:        Arvads & The Blue Stone
November 8th:    KC Bagels & Stowe Street Cafe
November 15th:    Prohibition Pig
November 22nd:    Cork & The Reservoir Restaurant and Taproom
November 29th:    Blackback Pub & Hen of the Wood
Hope to see you there!

2016 Workshop Program

Please find below our community workshop program for 2016!

1. Community Lantern Workshop: Waterbury

Saturday November 12th 2016
Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT

Session 1: 10am – 12pm

Session 2: 1pm – 3pm

– Workshops are free to attend
– All tools and materials will be provided
– Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult
– There will be a limit of 25 participants for each session
– Donations will be welcome
– Contact Gowri Savoor on or call 802 778 0334
Please indicate your required time slot, number of participants, email address and phone number

2. Artists’ Lantern Making Workshop – November 5th and 6th 2016
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.

Date: Saturday November 5th and Sunday November 6th 2016
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 at cost price
– Limit of 20 participants
– This workshop is not suitable for children
– Suggested min. donation $25 per person, to cover material use
Contact Gowri Savoor on or call 802 778 0334 for further information and to book a place.

Russ, Beth and Melanie work on their dragonfly during the 2015 artist-lantern workshop

Russ, Beth and Melanie work on their dragonfly during the 2015 artist-lantern workshop


River of Light in Waterbury 2016!

Hello and welcome to this year’s River of Light in Waterbury lantern parade! We are delighted to announce that this year’s parade will be taking place on Saturday December 3rd 2016! Workshop info. coming soon! In the meantime, please enjoy our poster – this year’s theme is ‘Everything Botanical: Wild Vegetation and Fantastical Flora!” We look forward to seeing your beautiful creations!