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Winter Light Festival in NYM to feature short film screenings

The Cultural Center in New York Mills, in collaboration with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, will be sponsoring a Winter Light Festival this Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. There will be hand-made lanterns, ice luminaries, music, food and a collection of award–winning short films from the Rural Route Film Festival. 

A highlight of the event will be the screening of 11 short films, ranging from three to 15 minutes long.

Subject matter of the films includes: a poetic visual account of a Christmas tree processing facility; an exploration of 1,000 images of crop circle patterns; the nests of various birds and squirrels; two Pyramid Lake Paiute brothers and their connection to demolition derbies; and reindeer herding in Arctic Finland. 

The final film in the set of shorts will be, “Magnetic Reconnection,” a 12-minute reverie about the regenerative power of nature featuring the greatest nighttime light show of all, the Northern Lights.

Family lantern-making workshops will be held Wednesday through Saturday, preceding the Winter Light Festival. No reservations are necessary and there is no charge for these workshops, which will be led by puppet pageant artists Anne Sawyer-Aitch, Lisa Winter and Pam Robinson. The idea is to create a celebratory, stimulating, and joyful event to kindle the fire within during the dark of winter.

Workshop dates and times are:

-Thursday, Jan. 30 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center.

-Friday, Jan. 31 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center.

-Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Peter’s Church in New York Mills.

It’s not necessary to participate in the workshops in order to enjoy the festival. The festival is free and open to the public.

In addition, St. Peter’s will have its traditional celebration of Candlemas as part of its Sunday morning service on Feb. 2.

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The Winter Light Festival is made possible by an appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.