Saturday Afternoon is Calling You: LumiNight! 2013

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Jhon Sanders, one of the amazing volunteers behind the All Souls Procession, particularly the Procession of Little Angels, is starting what could end up an equally meaningful Tucson tradition.

LumiNight! 2013 on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m., evening of the winter solstice. Makes complete sense—bring some light and make some light the longest and darkest night of the year. According to Sander's event page on Facebook "LumiNight is a DIY wintertime celebration that we make up as we go: a bit of costumed lantern parading through the neighborhoods, a bit of knocking on doors of total strangers, a bit of surprising hapless passersby in the streets with little gifties. All this and more ..."

All for it. The plan is to start with a potluck meal in a public space, bring some canned food for the Food Bank and then. Costumes will be involved and small handmade gift sharing (to strangers), and light.

To begin helping Moldy Pueblo folks get in the mood, today, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Armory Park, (and next Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m.), Tucson artist Mykl Wells and others will share lantern-making techniques. There are heaps of cardboard available today and some cutting took, tacky glue and floral wire.

However, if you have extra cardboard, bring it. If you attended any of Wells' All Souls workshops, then you're familiar with the style of lanterns you'll learn to make—but this time for solstice. But here are other essentials needed for lantern-making that Sanders and Wells are asking you to bring. Paper or fabric to put in the lantern windows; tape, masking or packing; straight edges or squares; pencils; and snap blade knives (the larger size you can get at Ace or the Dollar Tree or 3 for a $1 at Dollar Tree but the ones from Ace last longer). Optional items: hot glue sticks and hot glue guns; safety razors (good for trimming paper and fabric); scissors (there will be a few pair on hand but if you can bring from home, so much the better); opaque paints, brushes, stuff to decorate the lantern; LED lights to light your lantern (can be bought at Dollar Store); and batteries for your light.

OK, so first the Dollar Store, your neighborhood ally picking up cardboard and then Armory Park. See you there.

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