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 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 night sky.
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 1st, 2018. 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 6, 2018.
If the decision is made to move to the alternate burn night, it will be posted by 5:00pm on December 10th at key neighborhood intersections, on the MLCC website (www.mtlookout.org) or facebook.com (@mtlookout), and on the Community Council Infoline @ 513-723-5599.
PACK DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped pack over 800 kits last year.
Pack day is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st 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. 1st from 9am-noon at Cardinal Pacelli. 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.