Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thousands of Lights at Candlelight Evening

By: Kajsa Sabatke, Interpretive Projects Coordinator
How many lights does it take to create the glow of Candlelight Evening?
Patrick MacGregor delivers a total of 1,156 candles to the historic buildings around the village; he and the rest of the interpretive staff light them in all the windows just before the event begins. Fireplace and woodstove fires add to the illumination in the buildings.
Outside, the facilities crew – along with a group of volunteers – set up and light 500 luminaries along the paths. Others tend the large bonfire in front of Bump Tavern and the fires stationed around the village to heat the wassail. Planning for the candles and fires is a major part of Candlelight Evening, but other preparations must also be made. Check back later in the week to find out more about what goes into this beautiful event. You can experience Candlelight Evening for yourself on December 20 from 3-7pm.

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