Is over! Thanks to everyone involved, from the River of Light team – it was an evening filled with magic, creativity and delight
Many thanks to Chad Ummel, Waterbury’s Recreation Director for the time and energy put into an incredible finale down at Dac Rowe. And thanks to our musicians; Sambatucada, Brass Balagan and the Crosset Brook Junk Band, and also to fire dancers, Ignis Solus. Thanks to the Waterbury Police and Fire Dept. for keeping us safe, and to our generous donors, without whom this would not be possible, including: Vermont Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Waterbury-Duxbury School District, Revitalizing Waterbury and Waterbury Rec. Dept. And finally a heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers, including students from Norwich University through the Center for Civic Engagement, and the high school National Honors Society. And of course to you – for your support, enthusiasm and creative spirit. We wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with light and joy.
Gowri, Angelo and MK
Photos by Gordon Miller. Enjoy!
A huge thanks! to each and every one of you that made the effort bring your joy to Saturday’s River of Light Lantern Parade. We had a record turn-out of lantern-bearers, spectators and magic makers; people arrived from across Vermont and New England, and it was a real pleasure to see so many fabulous bugs glowing in the December darkness. We are eagerly awaiting photos from our talented parade photographer, Gordon Miller, but in the meantime, here’s a shot of our artists’ lanterns from this year’s workshop. More to follow!
Artists’ Lanterns 2015
There’s just a few hours until the parade and the forecast is looking good! We are busy making some last-minute adjustments to our lanterns…the butterfly is almost complete.
Parade leaves at 5pm, from Thatcher Brook Primary School on Stowe Street and Rusty Parker Park, Main Street, Waterbury VT. LED Lights are available for sale from both locations for $1 each. Grab your lanterns and we look forward to seeing you tonight on the streets!
..our volunteers are working furiously to help prepare student lanterns in time for tomorrow’s parade.
If you are interesting in volunteering before or during the parade, we would really appreciate it! Jobs may include stewarding (wearing an orange vest & collecting poles at Dac Rowe etc.) or assisting artists in carrying their lanterns. Please come to the gym at Thatcher Brook Primary School, Stowe Street VT, at 3pm for the stewards’ meeting. Many thanks!
Volunteers prepare student lanterns
MK puts the finishing touches on some 4th grade large-scale lanterns
We are very fortunate to have three bands providing music for this year’s River of Light parade. Sambatucada—Burlington’s Brazilian samba-band—have been heading up the parade since we began in 2010 and will once again be treating us with their infectiously cheery rhythms.
And for the second year running, we are delighted to be joined by The Crosset Brook Middle School Junk Band, who will be leading the smaller tributary leaving from Rusty Parker Park on Main Street.
Brass Balagan are new to the River of Light—find them on the deck of The Reservoir Pub at 5pm, after which they’ll be providing some fabulous music at the rear of the parade.
Here’s a little more info in their own words:
SAMBATUCADA! Burlington’s own samba street band is guaranteed to get you moving to our pulsating carnival rhythms. No one can resist the huge sound of our drummers playing their contagious brand of Afro-Brazilian percussion. Patterned after Brazilian carnaval percussion orchestras with up to 300 musicians, Sambatucada! is a Vermont scale version of the traditional community baterias and blocos of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. Founded in 1995, Sambatucada! has become well known all over northern and central Vermont for exciting performances at parades, festivals, community events and celebrations of every conceivable variety. Hear us on Facebook and ReverbNation, or visit us at www.sambatucada.org.
Brass Balagan is a radical street band from Burlington, VT. Founded in 2010, we demand the elimination of all evil. We perform mainly for anti-imperialist causes, but are also available for birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, shopping mall ribbon-cutting ceremonies, corporate functions, and gun shows. We are eternally recruiting new members. Please find us on Facebook
The teachers at Thatcher Brook Primary School were invited to an after-school lantern making session earlier this week; incredibly, 26 teachers showed up to create a luminary for this year’s River of Light – an all-time record!
But Mandy Couturier has to win the prize for the most inspired take on the theme of BUGS!, with her depiction of some beetles
Mandy’s beetle mania
Teachers’ after-school workshop
Over the past two weeks, 3rd and 4th graders at Thatcher Brook Primary School have been working with artist Gowri Savoor, during a very special residency to create fireflies for an interactive light installation.
Using recycled bottles and containers from the school cafeteria, our talented students have created some spectacular bugs. Look out for them at the Walk of the Fireflies this year at Dac Rowe Park, for this year’s River of Light finale.