Green Lake’s Annual Pathway of Lights will be Saturday, December 8th from 5pm to 8pm. The event is, as always, free to the public and features a luminaria around the inner loop of the lake and live music at four stop-off locations.
Over 2500 candles light the way around the lake, placed and picked up by volunteers. Visitors are also welcome to bring glow sticks and other items that help light the night. An estimated 10,000 people attend the event each year, braving the cold for a 2.8 mile walk around the lit up lake with their neighbors.
Additionally, the event doubles as a food drive for Northwest Harvest. Last year, the Pathway of Lights raised about 500 pounds of food for Northwest Harvest. Sponsors this year include The Hearthstone, Green Lake Masonic Lodge, and Green Lake Windermere Real Estate.
Carl Bergquist, coordinator for the Green Lake Community Center, informs us tonight that an estimated 10,000 people attended this year’s Green Lake Pathway of Lights, held on December 9th. With terrific dry weather and above-freezing temperatures, the evening was highly attended.
Additionally, the Pathway also raised about 500 pounds of food for Northwest Harvest.
You can see my pictures from the Pathway of Lights in a previous post here.
I was lucky this year for the Green Lake Pathway of Lights – I had the privilege of getting to walk around the lake first with North Seattle Lola, and then I was able to return to help with the cleanup and blow out the lights. A HUGE thank you to the Parks & Recreation department and all the other neighborhood sponsors for putting on this amazing event.
My Nikon battery was on its last legs last night, so I unfortunately didn’t get many pictures. I did get a few seconds of video, which you can view on my YouTube page here.
Here’s a few pics I took:
There’s nothing prettier than seeing lights float around the edge of Green Lake Park at dusk. In December, we’ll have the Pathway of Lights filling the night air. But first, we have Luminata.
Luminata is presented by the Fremont Arts Council, and is now in its 11th year of celebrating the Autumn Equinox. Everyone in the community is invited to meet out at the Small Craft Center on the south shore this Thursday, September 22nd at dusk to start walking partially around the lake in a parade. For those looking for a more precise time frame, think 7 pm.
Come with your own lantern, or anything that lights or blinks. Families, children, and dogs are all welcome. The walk will end at a special secret banquet where the Prince of Summer is, and there will be dancing, cider, cookies and treats.
Apart from the walk, there will also be illuminated floating sculptures on the lake, and other surprises like a visit from King Winter.
Last year, the Pathway of Lights walk at Green Lake was one of the many programs Mayor McGinn announced cuts in for 2011, and we all thought we’d seen the end of it.
But, Pathway of Lights is back. My favorite Green Lake event, the Pathway of Lights will be back Saturday, December 10th from 5pm to 8pm. The walk attracts thousands of people each year, including last year when a heavy downpour hit.
In order to make this event a success, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s asking for your help. Of course, volunteers are needed. But so are sponsors. Sponsorships levels range from $250 to $1000, or you can be an in-kind sponsor and provide a service or volunteer crew. I’m going to be personally signing up for a sponsorship, and I encourage other Green Lake businesses to jump at this opportunity too.
If you’re interested in sponsoring or volunteering for the Pathway of Lights, you can contact Recreation Leader Carl Bergquist at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, if any of you know any great sun dances to keep the rain away this year, please start practicing now!