Lacombe's second annual Lumenight Lantern Festival brought much joy and cheer to the brisk eve of November 30th. This year, the city's junior high and high school students donated over 500 student-made lanterns to light the way around Cranna Lake's 1.8 km loop. Despite the cold weather, Lumenight was bigger and better than ever. The glowstick butterfly and make-your-own lantern stations intrigued the do-it-yourselfers in the crowd, while Lacombe Corn Maze's ever-so-popular kettle corn and Tim Horton's hot chocolate filled the bellies of those ready for a toasty snack. Lumenight volunteers directed those who anticipated some adventure toward the snowshoeing station and the fire-dancers. People who wandered further down the trail were greeted by a shadow puppet theatre nestled amongst the lantern-lit trees, where they could try their hand at puppetry. Many may have wished for a 3rd annual Lumenight Lantern Festival when writing their wishes to tie to Lumenight's wishing tree. The intent behind Lumenight is to involve the community. It was the community who made and hung the lanterns. It was the community who served the tasty snacks. It was the community who leaned over the shoulders of young ones and helped them assemble something to brighten their night. Each person, young and old, who participated in the evening's events took an active role in how Lumenight unfolded for them. Not one person partaking in the evening was just a by-stander who watched the event pass them by. They were active participants in what the event became for them, they truly took ownership of the evening. These community interactions strengthen a city, and as a result, make it a more meaningful place to be. A big thank you to all those who came out to the event, to Lumenight sponsors and to the hardworking volunteers that made the evening a success!
Until the next lantern-lit eve,