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The River of Light Lantern Parade 2014:

On behalf of Gowri, Angelo and MK and all of the River of Light Team, we would like to thank everyone who helped to make the 5th River of Light Lantern Parade such an incredible success. Firstly to all of you - students, parents, workshop participants, artists and spectators, for providing the support, commitment, energy and joy. Also thanks to Chad Ummel of the Waterbury Parks and Recreation Department for once again making the reception at the park so memorable.
We'd like to thank our musicians: Sambatucada, Jeh Kulu, and The Crossett Brook Middle School Junk Band for such wonderful music and thanks also to Ingis 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 of their time and energy to make this all happen. Thanks also to the police department and fire department for helping to ensure everyone's safety.

Finally, We couldn't do it without the support of our sponsors: The Vermont Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, Revitalizing Waterbury, the Waterbury Duxbury Schools, the Art & Architecture Department and the Center for Civic Engagement of Norwich University.

Heartfelt thanks to you all for your continued support and for celebrating the change of season in such spectacular fashion. Wishing you all a very happy holiday.

Parade Photos 2014

December 14, 2014

Well that’s it for another year! Thanks to everyone that participated and made the effort to turn up in some very challenging wintry weather conditions. We had a fabulous evening and we hope you did too. Here are some parade photos from the evening. Taken by Gordon Miller and Gowri Savoor. Please enjoy!


Thanks for an amazing night!

December 7, 2014

Just a quick thank you to all of you who made the trek out to Waterbury tonight and braved the roads in some pretty treacherous weather conditions. Just before parade time, the moon came out and the snow stopped falling. We had an incredible evening filled with fire, music, light and joy.
Thanks to all the artists for working so hard on their lanterns – while we wait for our photos to come in, here’s a little taster photographed by Gordon Miller.
artists lanterns, photo by Gordon Miller

Just around the corner..

December 6, 2014

With just one more sleep until this year’s River of Light, we are putting the finishing touches on our lanterns and getting excited for tomorrow night. Please remember to dress for every weather, this is Vermont after all! Remember we’ll be selling battery operated LED’s in the school gym between 4 and 5pm and we’ll have a few t-shirts for sale too. We look forward to seeing you on the streets! sugar shack

Bring an old light – get a fresh battery

December 1, 2014
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In an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle, please bring along your old LED lights from a previous River of Light parade and we will exchange your batteries for FREE.
We’ll be in the school gym from 4-5pm on Dec. 6th and light station volunteers will be happy to help with your battery exchange.
Alternatively, if you need a fresh new light, they will be available to purchase for $1 each. (cost price). Our LEDs are fully submersible so you can even use it to light up your bath when you get home ;-)
This is what they look like..

Unlit - lit - in a plastic baggie!

One week to go and a call to volunteers…

November 29, 2014

With just one week to go to the River of Light, we are asking for your help! If you are willing to donate an hour or two of your time, we have a whole host of tasks during the day of the 6th and especially from 3pm-5pm.

Here is a small sampling of what we’ll be getting up to on Parade Day:
-getting school lanterns ready and fitting poles
-helping artists with their lanterns
-distributing lanterns to the Thatcher Brook students, attending light stations
-handing out stickers
-stewarding in the parade and generally having fun!

Thanks so much! Please get in touch by emailing Gowri on or call 802 778 0334 or MK on

Stowe Railway Station i progress by Jan Gendreau and Jack Carter

Waterbury Railway Station in progress by Jan Gendreau and Jack Carter

And the beat goes on…

November 28, 2014

Last year’s parade was so long that the folks at the back couldn’t hear a beat… so this year, Sambatucada (Burlington-based street Samba band) will once again be leading the parade and will be joined by West-African drumming band, Jeh Kulu to the rear of the parade and the Crosset Brook Middle School Junk Band, taking the center. We won’t be short on music this year!
Also, we have a special fiery finale at Dac Rowe, performed by Ingis Solus, fire performers from the Mad River Valley.
Here’s a little taste from their performance at the Vermont Music Festival, Waitsfield earlier this year…

Lantern-making in the Community

November 26, 2014

The last of our community workshops ended on Saturday. Over the course of 3 weeks, we created over 60 lantern structures in workshops taking place in Montpelier, Stowe and Waterbury VT. We had a great turnout at each of our community sessions, with participants ranging in age from 4 to 86. Some of the lanterns have simple forms, others are more complex and reflect the houses and buildings of Vermont – but each one is beautiful and quite unique. The Art + Architecture students at Norwich University are working steadily on their interpretation of St. Basil’s Cathedral – more will be revealed soon!

With a little help from our friends…

November 21, 2014

For the last week, printmaking students from the Architecture+Art department at Norwich University have been busy in production–printing dozens of River of Light Crew t-shirts –and they look amazing. Many thanks to students Brenden Brogan and Jessica Welsh and Professors Angelo Arnold and  Jason Galligan-Baldwin for all your help and support!

Lantern-Making Residency at TBPS, Waterbury 2014

November 19, 2014

The lantern-making residency at Thatcher Brook Primary School has just drawn to a close. 3rd and 4th graders worked with artist Gowri Savoor to make some beautiful lanterns based on a simple saltbox house, in keeping with the theme of Our Town. The students really enjoyed working with the willow–we realized that 4th graders have made a lantern and attended the lantern procession every year that they have been in school, since starting in Kindergarten. Here are a few images from the 2-week residency.

Artists’ Lantern-Making Workshop 2014

November 17, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, we had a fantastic artists’ lantern-making workshop. With close to 3o artists, art teachers and other creatives from all over Central Vermont and beyond, we worked for two days straight in the TBPS gym to make some incredible structures to reflect the theme of ‘Our Town’. By Sunday evening, we had a variety of lantern forms including a covered bridge, two lighthouses, a giant shuttlecock, maple trees, the Seminary Arts building, Union Elementary and the Chrysler Building.  Here are a few images from the weekend….


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