Night of Lights
On a Sunday evening in December, our Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood Association celebrates the Annual Night of Lights! Every year our neighborhood sparkles with thousands of glowing candles. They line our streets and warm our hearts. Neighbors stroll in the crisp winter air; parties and open houses abound. Mark your calendars now – please don’t miss any of the fun! Everything you need will be on sale at the southern end of Oval Park, near the picnic shelter.
For 2017, Night of Lights is December 17th, starting at Dusk! Luminaries will be on sale from Noon to 5 PM December 16th and 17th at the Picnic Shelter at Oval Park. (If you would like to help with the sale of luminaries, please sign up for a time slot by emailing Heather Gudac at firstname.lastname@example.org or by signing up directly at the site http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c45aca728a4f85-night.)
On the outside chance that it rains on 12/17, the make up date will be on Thursday 12/21, Winter Solstice.
The price is still only 50 cents per light. Members of the neighborhood association get the set-up for one luminaria for free. (Speaking of membership, if you have not yet renewed your membership, you can do that at the same time and place as you purchase the luminaries. Membership is only $5 for the year.) Be sure to bring a pail or bag to carry your sand home. We’ll be collecting cash donations for the Community Café at the park each night. Please see the article in the December issue of the Parade newsletter for more details about donations to the Community Café. We urge all of our neighbors, whether new to the neighborhood or long time residents, to swing by the park. Your Night of Lights volunteers will give you instructions when you pick up your materials.
Our Night of Lights Celebration is not affiliated with or symbolic of any one religion or ideology. We simply want to mark the age old tradition that so many countries and cultures have noted for millennia: that light in the dark of winter can give hope and joy .
The success of Night of Lights depends completely on 100% participation. Don’t forget and please don’t get left out. If your holiday schedule prevents you from picking up your materials, get your neighbors or block captain to pick them for you. How many should you get? Well it’s up to you. The goal is to line every street in the neighborhood for this wonderful night. Grab a couple of extra bags for your neighbors who might forget. When the whole neighborhood is aglow, we guarantee that your heart will be as warm as the glowing candles along every street!
by Gus Beck, updated by Dot Doyle
updated 11/22/2017 dd