Sunday, December 9th, 2018 will mark the 43rd 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 many community volunteers. Proceeds from Luminaria kit sales are reinvested into our neighborhood in many ways, including square beautification (landscaping, seasonal flower pots, maintenance and more), the Fall Festival other and community events.
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LIGHT UP MT. LOOKOUT SQUARE
Join us at the Square this year for the Mt. Lookout Business Association’s Light up Mt. Lookout Square! Partake in the holiday cheer as you mix and mingle with your neighbors and enjoy some hot chocolate and holiday cookies. And you knows? You might even see a certain someone in a bright red suit . . . When you’ve had your fill, hop on one of the free shuttles to visit the Cincinnati Observatory. Shuttle service will run between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.
CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE
The Cincinnati Observatory is joining in the Luminaria festivities! While we light up the streets, the Observatory will be open to show off the lights of the night sky. Both telescopes will be open up for viewings and light refreshments will be provided for all who attend. The gift shop will also 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 this historic architectural gem to everyone.
ORDER YOUR LUMINARIA KIT TODAY!
Due to last year’s success, we again sold Luminaria kits online through PayPal. Due to overwhelming success we have turned off PayPal ordering since there is now limited availability. You can now pickup your kits at Mt. Lookout Joes, Keepsake Photography, or email us to see what is available at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kits can also be purchased by completing an order form dropped off by your street captain (a pdf of this form is also provided in the green box below). For $20 per kit, you will receive:
24 Paper Bags
Kits will be delivered to your house on or shortly after December 1st, 2018. A limited number of kits will be available for purchase at local establishments after December 3rd.
PACK DAY VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped pack over 800 kits last year. We are hoping to sell even more kits this year and WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!
This year, Pack Day will be Saturday, December 1, behind Cardinal Pacelli. Packing starts at 8am and coffee and donuts will be supplied. It may be cold, it may be wet, but the more, the merrier – and the shorter it will take! And, it’s always a lot of fun.
Hope you can join us and lend a hand!
Street captains can pick up the kits for their streets between 9am and noon.
IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER . . .
If it’s too rainy or windy on Burn Night, the Luminaria Event will be moved to Sunday, Dec. 16. Notices about the change will be posted by 5pm on December 9th at key neighborhood intersections, on the MLCC website (www.mtlookout.org), on our Facebook page (@mtlookout), and on the Community Council Infoline @ 513-723-5599.
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.