Del Ray Aglow: The First Annual Neighborhood Lantern Walk
Our second annual lantern walk is this Thursday, November at 6 p.m. at the Del Ray Farmers Market on Mt. Vernon and Oxford. See the Facebook event page for details. Hope you can come!
The evening of our first annual Del Ray Lantern Walk couldn’t have been more perfect – a full harvest moon, the rain and gusty winds from earlier in the week come and gone. Close to 100 people gathered at the Del Ray Farmers Market, old and young, with their lanterns glowing with candlelight.
Kay Sidahmed, who we can credit for bringing this lovely German tradition to Del Ray, led everyone in the traditional Martinmas lantern song, “I Go Outside with my Lantern”. In Germany, the walk marks the Martinmas or St. Martin day celebration, bringing light and warmth into the night as we move towards the darkest days of the year. For our gathering, just that day, Kay found a volunteer musician, Del Ray neighbor Christian Johanson, to accompany her on his French Horn.
Kay’s son Bruno knew all the words by heart, from having participated in lantern walks since he was a baby. Kay had handed out the sheet music to everyone ahead of time, too, so the market was filled with voices, old and young, singing along.
As I walked around, I spotted quite a few glass lanterns that were probably made at one of the popular UpCycle CRC workshops.
And there were plenty others of different styles. A German friend told me her family makes a new lantern every year to take on the lantern walk.
After our meandering approximately half-a-mile walk through the neighborhood streets, we made our way to the Del Ray Pocket Park on Commonwealth and Del Ray Avenues to mingle with friends, snack on cookies, and sip hot cider courtesy of Pat Miller, President of the Del Ray Business Association.
Hope to see you next year!