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Pender Island Lantern Festival 2011

By Howard Sanders • January 4th, 2012

My wife, Theresa Carle-Sanders, and I wish all my clients – past, present and future, a Happy 2012 with best wishes for a prosperous year!

It’s no secret that one of my first moments of wonder after moving to the island in 2003 was the annual Lantern Festival held at Magic Lake on North Pender during New Year’s Eve. To me it was an affirmation of why we had made the choice to become full time island residents, a marvellous example of community cooperation and a magical mystical event full of music, fire and mystery. Over the years since, the Lantern Festival has changed. Some of the professional organisers left and the local community, fearful of losing such a unique festival, took over and somehow managed to keep it going. It takes an enormous amount of work and dedication, and I would like to thank all the organisers, volunteers and sponsors who put on such a great show this year. Named NOVA, the 2011 show took the Festival back to its secular roots, concentrating on the end of the old year and the rebirth of the new. With stilt walkers, dancers, the death and rebirth of the Phoenix, a kayak ballet, a flaming sunburst and the finale of the airborne lights it was a spectacular enjoyed by young and old alike.

Lantern Festival 2011, Pender Island

Lantern makers waiting for procession

Lantern festival 2011, Pender Island

The Phoenix Egg in the procession

Lantern Festival 2011, Pender Island

The risen Phoenix

Theresa and I had the honour of being the Marshalls for this year’s parade, leading the youth of Pender with their homemade lanterns in procession from Danny Martin Park to the stage located at Magic Lake Park. It was great to see the effort put into the lanterns, plus the skill of the young stilt walkers as we marched towards the main stage. The weather was fine and everybody --  participants, the large crowd of residents, recreational property owners and visitors had a wonderful time.

Lantern Festival 2011, Pender Island

Awesome Fish Lantern

Lantern Festival 2011, Pender Island

Shadow Ballet on Magic Lake

Lantern Festival 2011, Pender Island

Dancers and Torchbearers

For more information about this fantastic event or to volunteer for next year, please visit http://magiclakelanternfestival.com/. Enjoy the pictures and short video below, and hopefully we’ll see you at the event in 2012.

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