Third-annual Paper Lantern Project & Lantern Walk in Vail announced
VAIL — Art in Public Places recently announced the third year of the Vail Paper Lantern Project, sponsored by Doe Browning in conjunction with the Vail Holidaze tree lighting. New this year, prizes will be awarded to various age groups for most creative and unique paper lanterns at the tree lighting.
This artful celebration of light will take place at Vail’s annual tree lighting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Hot chocolate, treats, music, entertainment, illuminated paper lanterns and the tree lighting will all take place in Slifer Square by the Covered Bridge in Vail Village. Back by popular demand, a community lantern walk in Vail Village will be led by Santa immediately following the tree lighting.
• 4-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 — Attend Libations and Lanterns in the Vail Recreation District Community Programming Room on the second floor of the Lionshead Welcome Center. Alpine Arts Center will instruct participants on painting your own paper lantern. There’s a $10 instruction and materials fee, and an adult must accompany children. The evening will also include light snacks, holiday music and wine and beer available for purchase. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-479-2344; space is limited.
• 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 — Free Paper Lantern Workshops with local paper artist Helen Hiebert in the Community Room at the Vail Public Library. The workshops are free and family friendly, and an adult must accompany children. RSVP to email@example.com or 970-479-2344; please indicate number in your party.
• 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 — Vail Holidaze tree lighting in Slifer Square followed by an illuminated lantern walk in Vail Village. Vail’s Paper Lantern Project invites residents and visitors to come together as a community to share the holiday spirit and goodwill during this magical time of year. After the annual Vail Holidaze tree lighting, there’s a festive lantern walk led by Santa throughout Vail Village.
For the third year, Browning, a Vail resident and former Art in Public Places board chairperson, is sponsoring the Vail Paper Lantern Project and complimentary LED battery lights for your lanterns. The LED lights will be distributed at the tree lighting. Like many other paper-lantern festivals around the world, Art in Public Places hopes that Vail’s Paper Lantern Project will continue to grow and become a beloved tradition.
Information about the Paper Lantern Workshops and Lantern Walk can be found at http://www.artinvail.com, or contact Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-479-2344.
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