Joyelle Brandt and Melanie Montgomery wanted to attend a Solstice celebration, but they didn’t want to drive all the way into downtown Vancouver. And who can blame them? For them, the solution was obvious: bring the celebration to Port Moody. In response the local moms are organizing the upcoming Solstice Celebration Lantern Festival, which will take place at the Rocky Point Park Pavilion [map] on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 from 4:30-6:30pm.
The Lantern Festival is a free community event for all ages. Since Joyelle and Melanie both have young children of their own, they really mean all ages. Participants are invited to join in caroling, crafts and dance. There will also be Solstice sun cookies, soup and tea. Since they’re anticipating a large turnout, theyâ€™re encouraging attendees to bring food and beverages to share, as well as mugs and dishes from home. They’re also eager to hear from local businesses who can help them provide food for everyone in attendance.
The festival will open with a meditation led by Kushala Yoga, which will be followed by a short lantern procession. From there participants will light the Solstice tree, sing a sun song, and wrap things up with a closing meditation from Kushala. The event is taking place outside, so if you attend Melanie says, â€œDress magical, but dress for the weather.â€
Joyelle created a Facebook event page, and so far the number of confirmed and possible attendees has far surpassed her expectations. She says, “Melanie and I are so excited by the overwhelming response we are having to this event. It is clear from people we are talking to that there is a real demand for this type of community celebration, and we look forward to this becoming an annual tradition.”
If you attend, you’re encouraged to bring your own lantern. In anticipation of the event, the Coquitlam Farmers Market will have a lantern craft set up at their Winter Market on Sunday, December 18 from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Port Moody Recreation Complex [map]. There will also be supplies on hand at the event for 20 people to make lanterns on site.