Sunday, December 11th, 2016 will mark the 41st year
for Mt. Lookout’s holiday season Luminaria event. This annual tradition
is made possible through the efforts of the Mt. Lookout Community
Council and volunteers from the Mt. Lookout community such as the Girl
Scouts and Boy Scouts of America and individual street volunteers.
Proceeds flow back to the community in many ways, including square
beautification, candidates night, movie night in Ault Park, and
community events like summer dances at Ault Park.
LIGHT UP MT. LOOKOUT
SQUARE ON LUMINARIA EVENING
This year’s event again includes the annual
tradition for the Mt. Lookout Business Association, called Light up Mt.
Lookout Square. Many shops will decorate their store fronts and keep
extended hours for the evening. There will be two shuttles
running between the square and the Observatory throughout the event
starting at 6:30 pm and running until 8:30 pm.
OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE
The Cincinnati Observatory will also again be
joining in on the annual Luminaria event!! We will light up the
streets, and the Observatory will be open to show off the lights of the
Both telescopes will be open up for viewings and
light refreshments will be provided for all who attend. The gift shop
will be open as well for last minute holiday gifts or a little
something for you to remember the evening. Bring the entire family
along with your friends and neighbors. This is a great time to show off
our historic architectural gem to everyone.
ORDERING A LUMINARIA KIT
Kits are available through your street captains,
as they have been for over 30 years. Due to last year's
success, we will once again offer the ability to purchase your kit
on-line. For $20 per kit you will receive:
24 Paper Bags
Kits will be delivered on or shortly after
December 3rd, 2016. A limited number of kits will be available for
purchase at local establishments after December 3rd.
In case of precipitation/high wind, the alternate
burn night is Sunday, December 18, 2016.
If the decision is made to move to the alternate
burn night, it will be posted by 5:00pm on December 11th at key
neighborhood intersections, on the MLCC website (www.mtlookout.org orfacebook.com/mountlookout),
and on the Community Council Infoline @ 513-723-5599.
PACK DAY VOLUNTEERS
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped pack
over 800 kits last year. Here are some pictures from the
event in 2007:
Ready for Pick-Up
Pack day is scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd
behind Cardinal Pacelli. Packing starts at 8:00am with
coffee and donuts supplied. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!
Please join us for Pack Day!!!
Street Captains can pick up kits on Saturday Dec.
6th from 10am-12noon at Rohde’s Funeral Home – See you on pack day!
HISTORY OF THE EVENT
Every year people ask – “How did Luminaria start
in Mt. Lookout?” Well now you have your answers…
Luminaria began out of necessity in 1975. The
birth of Luminaria was due in part for the need to raise funds for a
float to celebrate the nation's bicentennial in 1976. The
Civic Club did not have the funds to pay for the tissue paper squares
needed to stuff the chicken-wire frame float. Lucky for the Civic Club
and following generations of Mt. Lookout residents that Mrs. Georgia
McCartney recalled a Spanish custom adopted by an Arizona community she
visited the previous year. The Spanish custom included lighting
bonfires to guide the Christ Child into people's homes during
the holiday season. The tradition has evolved into using
paper bags with candles inside for the purpose of guiding guests to the
household. Mr. Elmer Scherman, the Luminaria Chairman recalls that
approximately 900 kits were sold the first year for $3.75 each. The
holiday tradition has continued ever since.