BC Village hosts lantern pageant to deliver group collectively

A village within the Kootenay area hopes the pageant of sunshine will assist deliver the group collectively after a 12 months of heavy snowfall, the pandemic and discord over the COVID-19 vaccine.

New Denver, BC, a group of 600 individuals about 150 km east of Kelowna, hosted its inaugural Spark within the Darkish Lantern Pageant on Monday, that includes a parade of lanterns made by residents.

“It is the center of winter. The information is completely dangerous,” mentioned Spark within the Darkish founder Rosalie Hen. “I attempted to think about one thing that will deliver the group nearer collectively.”

Village councilor Colin Moss, who helped manage the pageant, says differing views on the COVID vaccine have divided households and friendships locally, however the pageant gives a chance to bridge their variations.

“COVID is such a divisive concern, as everyone knows,” Moss mentioned. “Vaxxers and anti-vaxxers gathered with none animosity. It introduced the group nearer collectively.”

Numerous organizations within the village additionally helped manage the occasion: the New Denver Fireplace Division led the procession, the New Denver Hospice Society employed a Kelowna-based bluegrass band, Beneath the Rocks, to carry out after the parade in Centennial Park. the place Lucerne elementary college students bought hotdogs.

A Growth Field, Bouquet and Celestial Structure

The procession started at Lucerne Elementary, with residents marching to Centennial Park with greater than 100 home made lanterns.

Nearly each pupil at Lucerne Elementary made one—amongst them an illuminated growth field and a lime inexperienced dragon.

“It is good to see what got here out of college,” Hen mentioned. “Lecturers put so much into it.”

Slocan Valley artist Carl Schleiching spent days engaged on his creation, which he is known as Heavenly Structure.

Slocan Valley artist Karl Schlichting is pictured on the pageant along with his home made lantern, ‘Celestial Structure’. (Brendan Coulter/CBC)

“It is a assortment of homes,” mentioned Schleiching. “It is mainly constructed with a bit of wooden and paper, low cost {hardware}, and LED lighting inside.”

Previous to the pageant, Hen additionally carried out six lantern-making workshops at Knox Corridor in northern New Denver. The contributors used pure supplies comparable to paper mache, material, wooden and twigs for his or her creations.

A number of home made lanterns had been displayed at Centennial Park, the place the parade culminated. (Brendan Coulter/CBC)

Different lantern designs displayed within the parade had been bouquets of flowers, guitars, fish, a rabbit and an octopus.

‘We will do it once more’

Hen, who spends her free time volunteering with the New Denver Hospice Society, made certain the parade circled the Slocan Neighborhood Well being Heart.

With entry to long-term residents within the facility restricted to important guests solely, the procession was timed so residents might move by to associates and family members.

Hen says she additionally needed to acknowledge the work of well being care professionals.

“We’re all feeling slightly insecure as a result of our well being heart [temporarily] 24 hours of emergency care had been misplaced within the final cutback,” she mentioned. “We needed to make our workers joyful. He has labored above and past to maintain our heart open.”

A number of contributors waved at workers and long-term residents of the Slocan Neighborhood Well being Heart, one of many stops alongside the parade’s route. Organizer Rosalie Hen says she additionally needed the pageant to acknowledge the work of New Denver’s well being care employees. (Brendan Coulter/CBC)

Hen says she is overwhelmed by New Denver’s response to the pageant and he or she hopes to deliver Spark within the Darkish again in 2023.

“To take out a complete village on a Monday night time in the course of winter … the way in which the group has responded is implausible,” Hen mentioned.

“We’re nonetheless considering we’ll do it once more. Now we have so many concepts that we simply did not get to strive it.”

CBC British Columbia has began a Cranbrook bureau with reporter Brendan Coulter to assist inform Kootenay’s tales. Story concepts and recommendations brendan.coulter@cbc.ca. will be despatched to,

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