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Lights in the Night GR

September 26, 2012 update:


"So we had a little snag last Friday and Mother Nature decided that she wanted us to launch our lanterns JUST before the ArtPrize round one voting deadline just to make things "interesting." And here we are...take 2.  Just a few reminders here from the top 10:


We have gotten so much support over the last few weeks we thought we'd grab the top questions and answers and repost them from the messages and posts on FB:


1.  When is the event?  Friday, September 28, 2012.  Here's a sneak peek-


2.  Is there a rain/weather relaunch date?  Gosh, we hope not, but it will be Saturday, September 29th, same times, same places.


3.  What are the launch locations?  Gillette Bridge, Bridge Street Bridge, Ah-Nab-Awen Park.  Parking is available anywhere in the downtown area within walking distance.


4.  What time do we show up?  Community volunteers/launch participants should plan on choosing a venue and then showing up around 7pm to gather lanters to launch, get situated and then wait for the signal to mass launch when it gets dark.  We anticipate launch between 7:45-8:00pm and it should take about 10-15 minutes to get them all up into the air.


5.  Can I bring my kids/family/group?  TOTALLY!  We would love to have your whole family!!  Please provide assistance with young children and use caution with the fire during the launch.


6.  What should I bring?  Your awesome enthusiasm AND a lighter (if you have one), this will expedite things.


7.  How do I get the lanterns and launch them?  There will be info tents and volunteers to hand these out when you arrive.  Simply stop by the tent to grab your lanterns for the launch.  Here is a link to a mini-training's super simple!  Share it with your kiddos BEFORE YOU GO.  Launch issues arise when you aren't quite patient enough and don't allow the lantern to fill with hot air completely.  It will almost TELL you it's ready to go with the uplift it creates.


8.  Does it cost anything?  We have a way for you to directly sponsor lanters for $10.00 each on our website (, BUT it isn't required, we just want you to be present to help us launch THOUSANDS of lanterns, hope and love into the skyline of GR.  It will take all of you to make this entry a success.


9.  What happens to the lanterns after they are launched?  The average flight of a lantern is up to 2 miles.  They are 100% biodegradable and the lantern is flame retardant.  The other REALLY cool thing is that Greg Gilmore of the Gilmore Collection has offered a bounty on each lantern returned to the BOB in downtown GR.  You will recieve a goody bag, a discount at his restaurants, AND be entered into a drawing to win a few dream-like escapes.


10.  How else can I help?  We are so happy you asked!!  Bring your friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc to be lantern launchers AND please vote for us:  52910!  Lastly, upload your photos, notes, experiences to our FB page during the event, tweet, cheer, cry and hug as lanterns are lifted into the sky to unite our GR community.




September 21, 2012 Update: Lights in the Night GR WEATHER POSTPONEMENT

The artist following advice from local weather media WZZM 13 Grand Rapids, FOX 17, WOOD TV8, WOTV 4 is making the call to postpone tonight's Lights in the Night GR due to predicted inclement weather - high wind and rain.

The new launch date is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012. The community will gather at 7:00 p.m. with a launch time of approximately 8:00 p.m.

Check the Lights in the Night Facebook page for more info:




On September 28, 2012, we invite you, your family and friends to be a part of history.

Lights in the Night, a 2012 ArtPrize entry will unite and lift up the community through the gathering, lighting and launch of thousands of Chinese sky lanterns.

At 6:30pm from five locations, the community will fill the GR skyline with lighted lanterns that represent the hopes and dreams of those in our community.

Be a part of this evening of social awareness and get involved to unite our community through hope.



Twitter: @LightsGR




Friday, September 28, 2012
 Starts at 07:00 PM



560 Fifth Street Suite 303
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Event Contact Info
Renay Schoenmaker
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