Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mount Pleasant Lantern Walk is Nov 3rd

This looks fun!

The run down:

Who: Mount Pleasant Children's Puppet Hour
What: Lantern Walk!
When: 5:30 PM Sunday November 3rd
Where: Lamont Park, Mount Pleasant

All the details from the organizers:

Take back the hour!
Join us for a lantern walk to mark the end of Daylight Savings Time and the onset of winter’s early darkness!

The walk will start in Lamont Park at 5:30 PM on the evening of Sunday November 3rd, the day we turn our clocks back. We will make a procession around the neighborhood carrying lanterns of all sorts. Our route will include a woodsy section full of mystery and surprises!

If you already have a lantern to carry or want to make one on your own, all types are welcome, except NO FLAMES. No candles, torches, fuel-lanterns or anything that could set anything on fire will be allowed on the walk. Safety first!

Paper-Lantern-making Workshop:
We will have a paper-lantern-making workshop on Saturday, November 2nd, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at La Casa, 3166 Mount Pleasant Street. You can come for any part of that time period. We'll be setting up at 10:00 AM, so things might be a little chaotic if you come right then. This would be a great thing to do before or after visiting the Mt P farmers' market!

There will be two different lantern-making options. The simpler approach will be a good activity for even the youngest kids. We'll have a more advanced method that will let you sculpt more creative lanterns - a lantern shaped like a bird or a large eggplant, say. Lantern-making supplies - including battery-powered candles - will cost $5. The simple method could be done in as little as 20 minutes. Plan on at least 2 hours if you'd like to do something more advanced.

You don't need to bring anything to the workshop, but these things might be fun or useful:

pretty leaves - to collage onto your lantern
cut-outs - silhouette cut-outs (of, say, a horse...) from construction paper or such to collage 
glass or plastic jars - to make extra, simple lanterns
brush - we'll have some on hand for spreading glue, but bringing your own cheap brush would make sure there will be enough
scissors - especially useful for more advanced, sculptural lanterns.

If you plan to attend the workshop, let us know how many of you there’ll be and roughly when you expect to come.

Who Should Come?
This will be a great event for kids and grown-ups both. The main route will about 1.3 miles and will have a difficult section for strollers. There will be an option to shorten the loop and avoid the tricky section, though strollers would still need to be of the more rugged variety.

If you don't have a lantern and can't make it to the workshop, come on the walk anyway! We'll have a bunch of extra lanterns, so we can probably give you one to carry. Even if you don't have a lantern to carry, it will be fun just to be part of the procession.

Want to Help Out?
We need guides to help direct the procession and to make street crossings safer.

We need people to help out at the workshop.

We need musicians and artists who would like to take part in some special activities.

Maybe Let Us Know if You're Coming?
You're welcome to come unannounced, but if you expect to come on the walk it would be helpful if you could send an email. This will help us with planning for the event. This is especially true if you're coming to the workshop.

Rain Date
This won't work in the rain, so if the weather looks bad we'll send a cancellation email by 3:00 Sunday. The rain date will be the following Saturday, November 9.

Coming? Questions? Want to volunteer? Write to puppet_hour@yahoo.com

We hope to see you there!

- The Mount Pleasant Children's Puppet Hour