Brett Taylor (top left)

Brett Taylor (top left)

Lanterns are ready to glow

The third annual lantern parade and festival is set to light up the Caetani Cultural Centre on Oct. 27

The gardens of the Caetani Cultural Centre will be aglow on Oct. 27 during the third annual lantern parade and festival.

In preparation, the centre will host lantern-making workshops on Saturdays, beginning this weekend and running  again Oct. 13 and 20.

Artists Melissa Dinwoodie and Ellie Studd will demonstrate how to make simple lanterns that children of all ages can enjoy copying. They will be assisted by volunteers from the federally funded EMPLOY program at Community Futures.

Held in the grounds at 3401 Pleasant Valley Rd., the workshops will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. As this year’s parade and festival offers everything for a toonie — from toonie fortunes to toonie treats, tunes and competitions — the lantern-making workshops will also cost a toonie, including materials.

More advanced workshops run by Ryan Robson, a former resident artist at the Caetani Cultural Centre, will cost $10, to cover the more expensive materials that will be used. Robson’s two workshops will be held at The Hub (next to the Towne Theatre): one for children on Oct. 20 from 10:30 a.m. till noon, and another for adults from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“As the Lantern Parade and Festival on October 27 will set off for the Caetani Centre from the Hub — after half an hour of toonie spooky music and stories — it seemed appropriate to offer workshops there as well as at the CCC,” said Judy Katalinic, managing director of the Caetani Cultural Centre.

She reminds everyone attending the workshops at the Caetani Centre to dress warmly.

“Although there are some outdoor heaters, it could be chilly,” she said.

For details of the October workshops, as well as the Caetani Lantern Parade and Festival, check