22nd Annual Carol Dyer Memorial Luminaria Evening is this Saturday August 12th
One of the most hauntingly beautiful nights of the summer will take place this Saturday, August 12th with the 22nd Annual Carol Dyer Memorial Luminaria Evening being held on the Village Green in Bar Harbor.
Carol Dyer was the beloved children's librarian at the Jesup Memorial Library, who passed away many years ago from brain cancer.
It's been my pleasure and honor to be involved in this evening for the last 11 years. Last year's event was one of the busiest, with about 400 luminary bags lining the pathway at the Village Green. On the bags were names of those who are fighting cancer ( In Honor of) or with names who have lost their battle with cancer (in memory of).
All proceeds from this year's evening, organized by the YWCA of Mount Desert Island, will be given to The Breast Health Center at MDI Hospital, which is especially poignant as we all know someone who either has or has had breast cancer.. Luminary bags are $10.00 and may be purchased the night of the event on the Village Green in Bar Harbor or in advance by clicking HERE
Once again Alice French will be providing music throughout the evening while I read out names of those on the luminary bags.
Children will be playing on the Village Green while the bagsare placed on the walkways, but as the sky darkens, and the bags are lit, the evening became more somber as people remembered those who had passed or think of those who are fighting.
As a 2-time cancer survivor this evening holds a special place in my heart. At the end of the night on Saturday, I will ask, like I did last year to join in my fervent prayer that the list of names in memory of won't grow, as those fighting will survive their battle.
Check out photos from the 2022 night