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The River of Light Lantern Parade 2015:

Hello and welcome to the 2015 River of Light Lantern Parade! We are very excited to announce that this year's parade will be taking place on Saturday December 5th at 5pm. To make things a little more interesting, we'll be leaving from two different locations, Thatcher Brook Primary School on Stowe Street and the Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Main Street, Waterbury.
This year's theme is BUGS! Please feel free to bring your lanterns, or attend one of our free community lantern workshops. Details coming soon!

Music will be provided by the amazing Sambatucada, Brass Balagan, and the Crossett Brook Middle School Junk Band. Fiery entertainment will be provided by Ingis Solus, together with bonfires and hot chocolate at Dac Rowe.
Have a wonderful Fall and we'll see you on December 5th!

Community Workshop Program 2015!

September 24, 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

September 16, 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

Welcome to the 2015 River of Light Lantern Parade!

September 15, 2015

We are very excited to announce that the 2015 River of Light Lantern Parade will be taking place on Saturday December 5th at 5pm. We are now in our 6th year and to celebrate the occasion, the parade theme will be BUGS!

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!


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