GNOCA Presents the
7th Annual Newburyport Lantern Festival This Sunday
The annual Newburyport Lantern Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 6-8 P.M. The Bartlet Mall Frog Pond will be illuminated by hundreds of glowing lanterns floating on the water. Each one represents a person's special wish or a loved one who is being remembered.
This is a free, outdoor family-friendly event. All are invited to come watch and/or participate. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and blanket or chairs to relax in the park while taking in this spectacle. Enjoy live music performances and speakers leading up to the grand illumination, which will take place at dusk.
Lanterns will be available for a $10 suggested donation. Participants will have the opportunity to decorate their own paper lantern, and calligraphers will be on hand to assist with lettering. Lanterns can then be lit and floated at dusk.
This is an incredibly moving and healing experience for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one, because they can honor that special person with a handwritten sentiment on their lantern, and witness as it joins with hundreds of others, casting a beautiful glow on the pond.