Luminata Celebrates 10 Years!

Luminata, the Autumnal Equinox Lantern Parade, is happening this Tuesday, 9/21 at 7pm.

On the heels of the joyful & exuberant 22nd annual Fremont Solstice Parade, the Fremont Arts Council will celebrate the autumnal equinox on September 21 with the sweet & illuminating ‘Luminata’ lantern parade around Green Lake Park in Seattle.  We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this enchanting event and it’s going to be a wonderful evening of celebration.  All are invited to participate (no matter your age or your zip code.) Bring a handmade lantern or one from the store, all are beautiful!

The fall equinox is a wonderful time for celebrating the change of seasons. Many traditions around the world recognize the last days of the productive summer are about to shift into the dark and introspective time of winter. Lanterns are a beautiful symbol of our spirit as a community that will sustain us through the cold months.

This year, the Prince of Summer is giving a banquet in honor of King
Winter, who will be joining us by boat across the lake.

The court of the Prince (all of us in the lantern parade) will start at the Green Lake Aqua Barn at the south end of the lake around 7:00pm (dusk.)  Then we will promenade to the Secret Banquet (near the Bath House) accompanied by our festive lanterns, where there will be refreshments, hot cider and treats. Ricky Gene Powell and Bando Rio will be making music for us there, creating a magical atmosphere for this enchanted event.
Open workshop hours are being held right now, until event time, at the Fremont Arts Council’s Power House, 3940 Fremont Ave N (come to the center of the universe to help illuminate the celebration!) Bring materials to make something or come create something with materials on hand.
Volunteers are wanted to help with various tasks –
this event is simple to put on, but there’s always stuff to do – we need help serving treats at the event, and setting up Tuesday.   If you’d like to lend a hand, please email Peter Toms (ptoms at drizzle dot com).

The Fremont Arts Council has a long history of producing art-based events that celebrate community and cultural creativity

~ Thank you! 2010 Solstice Parade Participants & Volunteers ~

Words can only express a smidgen of the gratitude we have for our volunteers and participants of the Fremont Solstice Parade.

Each and every one of you, in whatever way you participated, helped us make this beautiful episode in street theater come to life.


Here is a short list of some special people we want to recognize for their stellar involvement during the 2010 Fremont Solstice Parade: (this is in no way a complete list, there are far to many contributors to list everyone!)
Big Thanks to our volunteers who made everything happen so seemlessly, there is NO way we could have accomplished this without you.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!


Leslie Zenz, Solstice Director

Mylinda Sneed, Parade Coordinator

David Marine, Workshop Coordinator

Gyan Davies, Gas Works Coordinator

Laura Baumwell, Fundraising Coordinator

Shawn Murphy, Security Director

Sonia Telesco, SOL & Publications Coordinator

Maque Da Vis, Solstice Float Technician


Susan Harper, Gas Works Stage Coordinator

Dan Boyd, Green Hat & Plumbing Repair-person Extrodinairre

Sky, Drop in Angel (swooped in at the last minute to help accomplish all the tasks!)

Mike Cozad, Monitor Extrodinairre & Tent Maverick

Brenda Wiest & Teamsters 117, Chalk Fairies (teamsters in fairy wings ~ what could be better?)

Jennifer Mahern, Registration Diva Extraordinairre

Shelly Lyons, Fantastic Pit-Go Organizer

Jon Hegeman, So we didn’t have to go in a pit (when our plumbing broke!)

Hank Graham, Photographer Wrangler

Bill Fahey, Workshop Pop

Linda Phelps, Workshop Mom

Simon Neale, Power House Sign Hanger


Thank you to all of our ensembles, you awed, enthralled, & inspired!

There are so many great artists & participants here are just a few who stood out in 2010:

Green Hat Ensemble, Disco for Dollars: Barbara Luecke & Jerry Smith, a record breaking year! They really shook their money makers!

Volcano!: Brian Kooser, Artist in Residence / Welcoming Presence in the Workshop

Yellow Submarine: Norma / Peter / Denise / Lars & all, Best on the Street

Edderkop: Jessica Randall, Best Float Made from Natural & Recycled Materials

Blank Canvas: Most Adversity on Parade Day (& they still finished! You guys ROCK!)

Michael Cepress and his FLOCK OF BIRDS!: Most Interesting & Fun Way to fix a Costume Malfunction on the Parade Route

Having a Ball: Salmon Bay, Best Crowd Interaction (2nd Year in a row!)

Community Partners:

Phil Meaganhart & Philly Hosko, Bold Hat Productions for a smooth Fremont Fair transition & collaboration

Rich Piecora, Piecora’s for a fantastic beer garden

Charles Wright, Wright Brothers Cycle Works for giving our VIP Donors a place to sit, hosting our stage & keeping them all dry (you are awesome!)

Matt Lincecum, Fremont Brewing Company for his generous donation for our participants & volunteer party (Solstice Pale Ale ~ how appropriate! & Yummy!)


Solstice Appreciation Party

Fremont Solstice Parade Participants & Volunteers

Let’s get together & celebrate our accomplishments!

You are all amazing and we’d like to get together, have a little nosh & celebrate each other.
Meet us at the Fremont Abbey
Friday June 25th

Bring: food to share
your festive self
utensils/plates/glasses & any eating accoutrements (its pack it in/out!)

We’ll watch some parade footage, have some prizes, & talk about fun parade moments.

See you there!

This party is sponsored in part by Fremont Abbey Arts Center.