Glowing lanterns, music, dance and nighttime tower climbs
bring magic and history together
this Saturday evening, Nov. 27, when Lantern Fest will be celebrated on the park grounds of the Crooked River Lighthouse at Carrabelle Beach.
This outdoor festival, known for its display of more than
100 colorful, hanging lanterns, lights up the night from 6 to 10 p.m. in honor
of the 126th birthday of the 1895 maritime landmark at 1975 Highway 98 West,
The evening will feature live music by Irish musicians,
Killavil, performances by the Tallahassee Community College Dance Company,
ancient craft demonstrations, museum exhibits, food and desserts and evening climbs
of the tallest lighthouse on the Forgotten Coast.
The TCC dancers will include a glow-in-the-dark performance.
For their first performance, they will be joined by special guest musician Dr.
Haiqiong Deng, an internationally renowned player of the 21-string Chinese gu-zheng
instrument. The trio Killavil will feature bouzouki, bodhran, uilleann pipes,
tin whistle, flute and fiddle, as they perform lively Irish tunes.
Many of these lanterns on display have been painstakingly
hand-made by Joan Matey and other gifted local artists. This year there will
also be two ancient crafts demonstrators, John Pfund on his blacksmith forge,
and Ken Horne, who will weave rope from local plant fibers.
Food will be available for purchase from the Crooked River
Grill, as well as desserts and coffee at the Beacon Bistro.
Attendees are asked to follow health guidelines to keep
themselves safe including social distancing and sanitizing hands frequently at stations
placed throughout the event. Masks are encouraged indoors and when social
distancing is not possible.
Pre-paid admission of $8 for adults and $2 for children is recommended
and is available through Friday in the lighthouses gift shop or at www.crookedriverlighthouse.com/lantern-fest/.
If space allows, admission will be available day of the event for $10. For more
information, please call (850) 697-2732. Funded in part by the Franklin County
Tourist Development Council