Anyone else feeling like escaping the everyday? The daily news is at best dismal and at its worst horrific, personally feeling a bit defeated with some business and personal goals and treading water with my mental health. I’ve had the annual Prince Edward County, Firelight Lantern Festival circled, highlighted and starred in my calendar for months, and the timing couldn’t be better! It was the sparkly boost I needed to reset my brain, and remember all the magic in my life. Keep reading for fantasy overload....
‘’The Time Machine’ was the theme and if I hadn’t been so caught up in lame life stuff I would’ve gone as a T-Rex, but having my family with me made up for the lack of costumes and lights, I was glowing in other ways.
The Department of Illumination which had been running the Firelight Lantern fest for the past 6 years manages to surprise and engage the community each year. Leading up to the festival they offered FREE lantern making workshops to the community, and keep the entrance price point down to a minimum to be inclusive to all.
Trellis aRts and enTertainmeNt
We were spoiled with a pre-parade fire show from Trellis Arts and Entertainment , you could buy pre made lanterns and get some lights for yours! So many people dressed up in costumes and were covered in strands of lights.
The weather this year was perfect! Only a slight chill, no wind snow or rain!
Once inside the historic Crystal Palace, music filled the air as people formed lineups for the mini burgers and hot apple cider, catered by The Vic Cafe. Lanterns were placed in designated parking spots or put on display and groups headed to the ‘Time Machine’, which let us travel back in time to get a taste of a bygone era. These hands- on sensory art installations were absolutely thrilling for both kids and adults . The dinosaur/cave person was my personal favourite.
Once we were sure all efforts had been exhausted and we couldn’t be dazzled by anything else, another performance from Trellis Arts and Entertainment this time Lollipop Acrobatics!
I believe there is a little circus in us all, that as proven with this event if we could just come together a little more often with some creativeness, craziness and community spirit our hearts would glow stronger and our paths would be more illuminated. Xo