While walking around the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore last week I noticed signs posted promoting an event called Light City. No clue. I saw people setting up displays and inquired as to what was going on. Most described it as a festival of lights, saying the entire harbor would be decorated with lights. Sounded interesting, occurred during spring break, and was something I’d never attended so I made a mental note.
Fast forward to Monday evening. It’s about 5pm and I’m contemplating how we’ll spend the rest of our night. When I say it was cold and windy, it’s an understatement. It was so windy I was prepared to bow out gracefully without even the slightest twinge of guilt. Then there was “the crash” . . . The crash was a tree falling in the backyard of a neighbors’ house. The crash caused a small fire and resulted in us losing electricity.
Now I don’t know about you, but no electricity + the boy = Disaster in the Making. It would be one thing if it were during the day and we could I don’t know . . . see! No, this was just as the sun began to set, when dinner needed preparing and the boy expected to be entertained. Not impossible, but a little challenging to do in the dark when unprepared. And so in that very moment the decision was made for me, to Light City we would go!
Hastily I grabbed my phone to get an idea of what to expect. I learned that in 1816, Baltimore, my hometown, was the first American city to utilize gas lanterns to light the streets. Two hundred years later, it was only fitting that Baltimore host Light City, the first international light festival in the United States. The event would combine music, light and innovation offering live performances, light displays of every kind, educational conferences and more. Okay, I felt a little better about having to put my thermals on after shedding my winter coat just last week. Maybe a lot better. I was excited.
To be honest, the website did not do the event justice, or maybe I browsed too quickly. Lights were everywhere! Exhibits were easily accessible and plentiful. The crowd was boisterous and inviting. We had such a great time. Kicking off the event was a parade and every participant wore something that was aglow. I’m determined if this event is held next year, look for me in a hot pink tutu I’ve rigged with lights. We didn’t even notice the cold; okay, maybe a little, but we still had a great time. Best of all is that an hour after arriving home, our lights were back on. All in all, not a bad Monday night.
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