Friday, February 2
6:30-7pm: Lantern Set Up
7:30–8:30pm (trail closes at 9 pm): The Candlelit Walk
Columbus Centre parking lot (Parson’s Court), Goderich
To volunteer, contact: Con Melady 519-524-8730
A 1 ½ km portion of the trail in the Maitland Woods will be transformed by the flickering beauty of candlelight. After the walk, come in to enjoy a hot drink and snack (coin donation). The Maitland Trail Association organizes this annual event as part of the Town of Goderich’s Winterfest, and it is always a magical adventure. Participants can set out from the trail entrance at the east end of the Columbus Centre parking lot (Parson’s Court) anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 pm – trail closes at 9:00 – trail surface and boardwalk conditions vary according to snow or ice accumulations. Everyone who has their own candle lanterns (home-made or bought) is encouraged to bring them and set them out somewhere along the trail, to add to the magic of the experience. Again, THIS YEAR- A procession of lanterns will begin from the hall at 7 pm. Arrive at 6:30 to assemble in the cloak room at Columbus Centre hall. Volunteers are welcome. Call Con Melady at 524-8730 if willing to help light the trail, coordinate lantern procession or assist with serving refreshments.
Lantern Making Workshop
Saturday January 27
Sunday January 28
10am – 4pm
To participate, contact: Paula Harris (519) 441-2558 or indigopinesyoga AT gmail.com
Cost: $10/$15 per lantern
Kick-off to Goderich Winterfest 2018! Come make your own lantern to help light the trail!
Attend one or both lantern making workshops at the Parks Department Shed on Parsons Court. Please register early for the workshops to prevent cancellation and ensure a space by calling or texting Paula Harris. If you leave a message include your name, number of participants (adults/children), contact information and which day(s) you prefer. Costs are $10 for a regular lantern or $15 for an oversized one, payable to Paula at the workshop. All are welcome including children with a hands-on adult helper. The finished lanterns can be placed in Maitland Woods during the day on Friday, February 2nd to help light the trail.
2017 was our 23rd Anniversary of the Candlelit Walk!
This fun event is part of Goderich’s Winter Festival which is always on the first weekend in February. Participants of all ages set out from the trail entrance at the east end of the Knights of Columbus Hall parking lot off Parson’s Court anytime from 7:30-9:00pm. A 1 kilometre portion of the Maitland Woods Trail is transformed by the flickering beauty of candlelight and handmade lanterns hanging in the trees. Everyone who has their own candle lanterns (home-made or bought) is encouraged to add to the magical experience by bringing them and setting them out somewhere on the trail.
Many of the unique lanterns lining the trail are the result of the efforts of an artisan in our group, Karen Melady, a local artist dedicated to community art projects. In preparation for the walk, Karen holds 2 lantern making workshops in January. Watch for details about the workshops in the MTA newsletter. After the walk, come in to the Hall to enjoy a cup of hot cider or cocoa and a cookie. We hope to see you there! About 30 volunteers are needed for this event. If you’d like to help out, send us an email.