Weekend concert will raise funds for Esquimalt Lantern Festival

Festival organizers test-driving new fundraising idea

Keelin Roland-Taylor shows off her lantern in advance of last year's Esquimalt Lantern Festival. This weekend

Jen Yarnell has twinkling lights and whimsical lanterns on the brain, though there are several months to go before the Esquimalt Lantern Festival.

Organizers of the free outdoor event, held every September, have become creative with their fundraising approach this year, branching out from applying for grants and knocking on doors for donations.

Saturday (June 2) marks the inaugural Esquimalt Lantern Festival Fundraising Concert, which, if successful, may become an annual affair. Performers include the Scotty Hills Trio, Weak Patrol and Planet Claire.

“We just thought it would be a lot of fun to showcase some of our local musicians who have been involved. And (it’s) a way for us to raise some funds towards the festival, because we’ve got rising costs,” Yarnell said.

The festival, which attracted about 2,000 people last year, will cost about $8,000 to produce for 2012. Expense include bringing in performers, setting up the stage, lighting and a sound system, as well as paying for permits and insurance.

The event is reliant on donations from businesses, pre-festival lantern-making workshops and grants from the Capital Regional District and the Township of Esquimalt.

“It’s just becoming increasingly hard (to pay for everything),” Yarnell said.

The timing of the fundraiser concert is ideal, given that Esquimalt council trimmed its annual community grant fund by 20 per cent this year. The organizing committee plans on asking council for a $4,000 grant. The CRD is contributing $1,500 this year.

The performers are donating their time and the Fraternal Order of Eagles is donating the use of its Esquimalt hall.

The concert goes from 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Eagles hall, 891 Esquimalt Rd. Tickets are by donation, though a minimum of $15 is recommended. They are available at Outshine Salon & Spa, Spiral Cafe and Esquimalt Plaza Dy Cleaning.

For details, visit the Esquimalt Lantern Festival on Facebook or go to esquimaltlanternfestival.wordpress.com.

emccracken@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Governments invest $79M for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

Sun on its way after Greater Victoria sees wettest July in six years

Environment Canada meteorologists say the drizzle is likely to end soon

Saanich samples the best of local food at Pepper’s Foods showcase.

Tenth annual showcase celebrates local food producers and vendors

13 Island councils and boards compete in climate challenge to reduce ecological footprint

Councils and CRD board have one year to reduce average footprint

After Victoria dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

VIDEO: 1,400 classic cars roll into Victoria for Deuce Days

The four-day festival highlights classic hot rods, with a special emphasis on cars built in 1932

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Two toddler siblings found drowned on First Nation in Alberta

The siblings were found drowned on their family’s property, according to RCMP

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Most Read