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Luminaria Evening Aug. 4 in Bar Harbor to benefit home-cooked healing

Community Author: Annie Schwartz
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YWCA of Mount Desert Island | BDN
YWCA of Mount Desert Island | BDN

BAR HARBOR — The 17th annual Carol Dyer Memorial Luminaria Evening will take place 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, on the Bar Harbor Village Green.

The luminaria evening is a ceremony of remembrance and hope to honor survivors and those who have lost the battle to cancer.  It 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 of Mount Desert Island.  Luminaria bags may be purchased at the event or in advance for a suggested donation of $10 each.  This year’s proceeds will benefit Home Cooked Healing, a local group of volunteers who cook and deliver nutritious organic meals for cancer patients living at home.

Luminaria 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 Aug. 4, hundreds of luminaria will encircle the Bar Harbor village green.  Each name and hometown will be read during the lighting ceremony, with readings throughout the evening and live music by the Neverly Brothers.

To purchase a luminaria bag online, please visit https://www.ywcamdi.org/what-were-doing/carol-dyer-memorial-luminary-evening/.  Info (207) 288-5008.