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Olive Stack (left) came from Ireland to help with last year’s Ida Rankin Elementary teacher Abigail McLaurin and Tyler lantern parade in Mt. Holly. She’s seen with Awaken Gallery Kress from California working on their lantern. Photos by Alan Hodge owner Emily Andress.

Teacher Brenda Bradley (left), Matthew Bradley, and Kelly Bradley (no relation to Brenda), crafting their group effort lantern.

My lantern is huge this year.” According to Andress, last year eleven teachers and about fifteen artists came to the workshops which saw around 200 lanterns created. This year, there are twice as many teachers and over 120 people who have taken the workshops. “I have been teaching smaller groups in my studio and we have artists coming in to participate from Connecticut, Atlanta, Charleston, Asheville, Hickory, Pennsylvania, and other places,” Andress said. “Olive is coming in this year to judge.”

Kelly Hinson, Jeff Stanton, Kristin Kemp, and Emily Andress with the donation from Stanton Enterprise to cover all of the supplies for our participating teachers and students at last weekend’s lantern workshop. Photo contributed by Emily Andress

Holly Community Development Foundation, we have brought her back this year to lead two more workshops; August 10 for area teachers and August 11 for artists and people who want to participate in this year’s Lantern Parade,” Andress said. “We have so many more teachers involved this year and were absolutely blown away when Jeff Stanton of Stanton Enterprise owner/operator of the Mount Holly McDonald’s who sponsored all of the money needed for the teacher supplies to be taken back to their students so that everyone who wants to can

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hundreds of others, through the community to the beach. The lantern bearers were accompanied by stilt-walkers, fire spinners and drummers. Last Saturday saw Doody, Awaken Gallery owner Emily Andress, and a group of local lantern lovers gather at the Arts on the Greenway center in Mt. Holly for a workshop on how to make lantern magic. “Kathleen was our judge last year and, through the sponsorship of the Mount

participate in this parade. Seriously unbelievable! It’s what makes me love Mount Holly so much that local business owners care enough to put their money where their mouth is to promote arts in education.” Last Sunday saw round two of the lantern learning experience take place. “We had another packed house of artists, groups, and the general public for Sunday’s workshop,” Andress said. “I was there along with Awaken Gallery artist Diane Pike to help Kathleen. I enjoyed learning how to make the harness for making carrying bigger lanterns easier.

This huge snake was a hit at last year’s Mt. Holly Lantern Parade. It was made by Nancy Sauser.

Irene Pharr created this seahorse last year.

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