Lantern Walk To Repeat During Arts Festival

May 26, 2009 at 9:49 PM

           The DuBois Area Historical Society will hold a summer version of October 2008’s Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk as part of this year’s Festival of the Arts activities, scheduled June 6 in downtown DuBois. The initial Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk drew 175 people last year.

            “The DuBois Area Historical Society was very appreciative of the turnout for the Lantern Walk,” said Tom Schott, chair of the Lantern Walk committee. “Many requests were received to do the walk  again and linking it with the Festival of the Arts provides that opportunity.”

             The same script will be used, but because of the daylight, the lanterns will not be needed.

             An additional request will be met, by staging the Lantern Walk indoors at the DuBois Area Historical Society Museum, 34 W. Long Ave., DuBois, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This will allow those who are not able to walk the route to attend the program.

             For those wanting to take the walk, one will begin at 5 p.m. and cover the same route as last October on Long Ave. and Scribner Ave. The walk is approximately eight-tenths of a mile and lasts a little over an hour.

           The same script will be used and during the course of the program, those attending will encounter eight  “Spirits” from DuBois’ past including:  a miner, a Sister of Mercy, a minister, Jean Richards with a personal recollection, a horse, a woman at the train station, the conductor of the last passenger train leaving DuBois, and a movie fan.

           Admission for the walk is $5 for adults and $3 for students with children sixth grade and younger free if accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited for the indoor program. Tickets will be sold throughout the day at the DuBois Area Historical Society.

           The DuBois Area Historical Society Museum will be open throughout the Festival of the Arts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There is no admission charge to tour the museum.

            The 2009 Spirit of DuBois Lantern Walk is scheduled for October 16. An entirely new walking route occupied by a group of new “Spirits” will be featured. The walks will begin at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

            Also upcoming during Fall 2009 are:  Third Annual DuBois Area Historical Society open house on Saturday, Sept. 12. This event, which is free and open to the public, has attracted large numbers of visitors to the Society’s museum  for guided tours over the past two years.

            The 2009 activities will conclude with the Third Annual DuBois Area Historical Society Luncheon, Saturday, Nov. 7 at noon at the DuBois Diner. The guest speaker will be Julie Stewart  from Downtown DuBois Revitalization. Luncheon costs and menu will be announced later in the year.

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