Into The Woods was something you needed to experience – these photographs don’t do it justice. It’s was a beautiful night. The snow was falling, the children were excited, the fox was ready for selfies. Amazing. Thanks for coming out!!
Some things to think about
Get there early! The parade begins just after 6:30 so you should be there early to get or buy your lanterns. It’s best to be at The Arts Station between 6 and 6:30. If you don’t have a lantern, you should still parade with us to the aquatic centre. It’s quite the experience!
Start at The Arts Station! We all parade from The Arts Station to the aquatic centre. If you miss the parade, just walk on over. You’ll see the glow.
Bring some cash! If you didn’t make a lantern, Elk Valley Hospice will be selling lanterns at The Arts Station for $10 each. There will also be yummy treats to snack on at Fernie Aquatic Centre, a fundraiser for Bright Beginnings, our local not-for-profit preschool. Hot Chocolate is free, thanks to Starbucks!
Lights and Bamboo Rods! If you weren’t able to find any lights for your own lanterns, The Arts Station will have some available, which can be returned at the end of the night. Rods with hooks will be supplied for the big parade. Show up after 6:00 to get all set up.
Entertainment! We will have 2 shows by an amazing woman from Edmonton. She will dazzle and amaze you.
Take Pictures! Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and share your experience with @theartsstation or #fernielanternfestival
Who would we be…where would we be…what would we be without volunteers?!
If you’re free this Saturday, we will be needing people to help set up the lantern festival (installations and other decor), as well as, people to help during the lantern festival. If you’re able to help, come on by The Arts Station Saturday afternoon before or after 4 and 6 pm. Even if you could come for 15 minutes, that would be great and much appreciated! We have all sorts of jobs, big and small.
Hello! Just a couple bits of important information:
1. The schedule has changed just a bit. The parade will now start at 7:15 pm so don’t listen to those posters around town! This means you’ll have to have your lanterns ready a few minutes before then…or you’ll be running up the street to catch up. Which is fine and a little bit funny. Two very good things.
Saying that, I recommend you be there at 6:30 because we will have a special lantern presentation that will be stunning.
2. In case of rain, we’ll be sticking to our schedule, minus the parade, but it will all be squeezed indoors at The Arts Station. To cancel and change the dates would get messy.
3. I don’t have another point but having three points is better than two.
4. I do have something else to say! We are aware that penguins are in the Antarctic and our theme is Northern Lights (Arctic) but we just really wanted to make penguins. I hope that’s okay.
Our next Community Build at The Arts Station is Tuesday, November 18th from 12 to 3 pm (no supervision/help)
A few more photos showing behind-the-scenes views of the Fernie Lantern Festival. Site planning, lantern building and experiments are in the works.