The River of Light 2015!

We are very excited to announce that this year’s River of Light Lantern Parade will be taking place on Saturday December 5th, 2015, from 5-6pm in Waterbury, VT. Our theme this year is BUGS! Please feel free to bring your lanterns and join the parade or watch from the sidelines.  We will be leaving from two locations–Thatcher Brook Primary School on Stowe Street and Rusty Parker Park on Main Street, and we’ll be culminating with a fiery finale at Dac Rowe; with bonfires, hot chocolate and entertainment provided by Ingis Solus. The parade will be led by Sambatucada, Brass Balagan and the Crossett Brook Middle School Junk Band. We look forward to seeing you on the streets!
Gowri, Angelo and MK

Community Workshops 2015

We have reached the end of our community workshop program for 2015 – it’s been a fantastic ride filled with creativity and excitement for this year’s parade.
We held workshops in 3 locations: Waterbury, Stowe and Bolton with close to 60 attendees. Images from the Stowe and Bolton workshops below, Waterbury to follow!

Thatcher Brook Teachers get creative…

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 :-)


Walk of the Fireflies

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.

Emerging artists at Thatcher Brook Primary School

A selection of 3rd and 4th grade artists  at Thatcher Brook Primary School had the opportunity to design and build some large-scale lanterns this week. They went through the entire creative process; brainstorming, drawing, designing, collaborating and finally building. Modifying lanterns built during previous workshops, our talented crew came up with a spider, a ladybird, a dragonfly and a butterfly.

Artists’ Lantern Workshop 2015

With close to 30 artists at last weekend’s workshop, from all over the state of Vermont and as far away as Boston and Colorado, we had a lot of fun with the theme of BUGS! Over the course of two very intensive days, we made over 12 large-scale lanterns including a Praying Mantis, a Rhinoceros Beetle, dragonflies, butterflies and Venus Flytrap.  Here are a few images from the weekend…

Community Workshop Program 2015!

This year’s free Community Workshop Program! If you are interested in attending one of our workshops, please find details below…

1. Community Workshop 1: Waterbury
Saturday November 7th 2015
Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT
10am -3pm to include an hour break for lunch

2. Community Workshop 2: Stowe
Date: Saturday November 14th 2015
Place: Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT

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

3. Community Workshop 3: Bolton
Date: Saturday November 21st 2015
Place: Smilie Memorial School, 2712 Theodore Roosevelt Hwy, Bolton, VT
Time: 10am-3pm to include an hour break for lunch

Please note that for the above 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, it will be 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 6
– There will be a limit of 20 participants
– Donations will be welcome

For further information or to book your  place, please contact Gowri Savoor on
tel: 802 778 0334 email:

Kim and Jody, Burlington VT

Kim and Jody at the Burlington workshop, VT

Artists’ Lantern-Making Workshop. October 24th-25th, 2015

This year’s River of Light workshop series will be kicking off with our Artists’ Workshop, taking place on Oct 24th and 25th, 2015. Details below!

– 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 October 24th and Sunday October 25th 2015
Place: Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury VT
Time: 10am-4pm on each day, which will include an hour break for lunch.

– Please note that although this workshop has been made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, we will be asking for donations for the workshop and request that you purchase your own lights for your lantern structures.
– Battery operated LED lights will be available for purchase at cost price during the workshop
– Limit of 20 participants

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

Image below: Betsy Fram creating her Maine lighthouse during the 2014 session

Betsy Fram and her hometown lighthouse

Parade Photos 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!