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A River of Light, captured in photos

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A huge Thank You to everyone who made lanterns, helped create the magical installation in the woods, and experienced a River of Light in 2017!

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Thank you to this summer’s joyful lantern-makers:

  • Deni, Ann, Lois, Leanne, Zoe, Felix, Owen, Jackson, Sophie, Erica, Lynn, Madison, Sophia, Cathie, Erin, Val and all the families who came and made lanterns together (and anyone else I’ve forgotten)

A heartful thanks to the crew of volunteers who helped set up and tear down the installation over the two Friday evenings:

  • Lois, Cathie, Erin, Ann, Tammy (and friend)

A special thank you to Kat Wahamaa, Tony Rees, Chris Horne, Jack Emberly, Herb W Bryce and Gerry Sharpe for bringing the river to life through music and spoken word on Friday, Sept 29.

An extra thank you to Lois Wittenberg for taking and sharing these fabulous photos that capture the spirit of the night:

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And finally, thank you to the more than 100 people who made your way down to Davidson’s Pool in Crosses Cabins Park over the two Friday evenings to enjoy the River of Light and celebrate this special place we share with the salmon, crayfish, herons, eagles, ducks, and dragonflies.

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Last chance to make a lantern for this year’s River of Light!

Over the past couple of months, people from all walks of life have dropped by the studio to help make the lanterns for this year’s River of Light community lantern installation.

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In addition to myriad glass jar and globe lanterns, as well as salmon, stars and dragonflies from previous years, we now have a gorgeous multi-coloured duck, a heron about to catch a fish, two salmon showing off their vibrant spawning colours, and a giant crayfish created by five people (to date).

If you would like to make a lantern for this year’s event, you still have time:

  • Sun Sept 17: 1 – 4 pm
  • Tues Sept 19: 4 – 6 pm
  • Wed Sept 20: 4 – 6 pm

All workshops are at the Artist-in-Residence studio at 23740 Fern Crescent (map). If the weather is clear, we’ll work outside on the lawn; if raining, we’ll move inside.


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Join us Fridays Sept 22 and 29 for the big event!

This year’s River of Light: Community Lantern Installation takes place over two Fridays, September 22 and 29 from 6 – 9 pm. If raining, we’ll shift to Saturday, Sept 30. On Fri Sept 29, in addition to the lanterns, City of Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Kat Wahamaa will host an evening of river songs and stories in the park.

On both Fridays, we’ll start installing the lanterns around 4 pm. It takes about two hours to place all the lanterns and light them (this year using LED lights). If you can spare some time to help with the installation, please let me know. All hands appreciated!

If you have any questions, please send me a note. Look forward to seeing you soon!

Photo: Keith Jardine

A River of Light: Community Lantern Installation

Experience a magical evening walk through a river of lighted lanterns among the trees adjacent to Davidson’s Pool in Crosses Cabins Park (map).

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Over the past three months, more than 50 community members have been working with Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Robi Smith to create the lanterns in the shapes of salmon, stars, dragonflies, butterflies and more. The lanterns are made from simple materials such as bamboo, chicken wire, glass jars, tissue paper and glue.

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All are welcome to view the lanterns over the BC Rivers Day and Culture Days weekends (weather permitting):

  • Fri Sept 23: 6 – 9 pm
  • Sat Sept 24: 6 – 9 pm
  • Fri Sept 30: 6 – 9 pm
  • Sat Oct 1: From 2  – 4 pm, drop by the studio to make a glass jar lantern to carry in the evening; lanterns lit from 6 – 9 pm

The lanterns will illuminate a path among the trees and on the rocks between Davidson’s Pool and the Artist-in-Residence studio.

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Here’s to a magical River of Light!

Note: Limited parking available at Cross’ Cabins Park (small parking lot for Davidson’s Pool). Street parking along 236th Street or 130th Avenue. Carpool or walk if possible! map

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