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NYM Cultural Center celebrates return of light during festival on Feb. 1

Published 8:00am Monday, January 27, 2014

The beginning of February seems a good time to celebrate the return of the light. The New York Mills Cultural Center will celebrate the winter light festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in collaboration with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Feb. 1 is St. Brigit’s Day, the turning point of the year in the Celtic calendar and the following day is Candlemas in the Christian calendar, and of course it is also ground hog’s day, all of which celebrate the return of the light.

Among the highlights will be hand-made lanterns, ice luminarias, music, food, and a collection of award-winning short films from the Rural Route Film Festival.

The collection of short films includes a three-minute homage to the reindeer in Lapland, and another movie includes some of the most amazing footage of the Northern Lights ever captured on film.

Free lantern-making workshops are planned Wednesday through Saturday prior to the Winter Light Festival.

Puppet Pageant artists Anne Sawyer-Aitch and Lisa Winter will lead the workshops.

The idea is to create a celebratory, stimulating and joyful event to kindle the fire within, during the dark of winter.

Workshop dates at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center:

• Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 30, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon

St. Peter’s will have its traditional celebration of Candlemas day as part of its Sunday morning service on Sunday, Feb. 2.


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