The 22nd Annual Carol Dyer Memorial Luminaria Evening will take place on the Bar Harbor Village Green Saturday, August 12th, from 7 – 9:30 pm. The rain date is set for Saturday, August 19th.
The Luminaria Evening is a ceremony of hope and remembrance to honor cancer survivors and those who lost their battle with cancer. The annual event was started by friends of Carol Dyer, the beloved children’s librarian for the Jesup Memorial Library who died of a brain tumor in 2001.
The evening is sponsored by the YWCA Mount Desert Island. Luminaria bags may be purchased in advance online HERE or by calling 207-288-5008. Bags will be available for purchase at the event and the suggested donation is $10 each. This year’s proceeds will benefit The Breast Health Center at MDI Hospital.
Luminarias are paper bags with names written on them and with a lighted candle inside. Each one represents a life and the hope for a cancer-free world. Luminaria typically have “In Memory of [Name]” or “In Honor of [Name]” written on them. Many participants decorate them using markers, photos, or other memorabilia to make them unique. Some people cut stars, circles, or other shapes out of the bag to enhance their glow when lit.
On August 12th, hundreds of luminarias will encircle the Bar Harbor village green. Each name and hometown will be read by individuals during the lighting ceremony. Master of Ceremonies for the event will be WDEA’s Chris Popper, with readings throughout the evening and live music provided by Alice French.