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Moon Curser Winery hopes to make moonlight paper lantern parade in vineyard an annual event
As the sun lowered behind the mountains across Osoyoos Lake and a nearly full harvest moon rose above the vineyards, guests at the Moon Curser winery Saturday night sipped wine and lit up paper lanterns.
The first ever Moon Curser Paper Lantern Celebration was organized as a fundraiser for the Osoyoos and District Arts Council, said Beata Tolley, who owns the winery with her husband Chris.
Many participants made colourful paper lanterns with thin paper stretched over wire frames in elaborate shapes. For safety reasons, the lanterns were lit with LED lights rather than open flames.
Two of the most striking lanterns among an impressive group were made in the shapes of fish – one a puffer fish and the other a swordfish. Judges, who were local photographers, chose the puffer fish for first place and the swordfish for second.
As the sky turned dark and the lights of Osoyoos twinkled across the lake, those with lanterns paraded down through the sloping vineyards and back between another rows of grape vines.
Local singer Cindy Doucette entertained the guests.
It’s the first time the event was held, so it will be a bit of a learning experience, Beata Tolley admitted.
“Whatever we learn from this we’ll hopefully incorporate next year,” she said.
The event dovetails well with Osoyoos and District Arts Council, which has been holding workshops to make lanterns, Tolley said.
Sue Whittaker, who made several of the most admired lanterns at the Moon Curser event, led those workshops.
The nighttime event with lanterns also fits nicely with Moon Curser’s own branding, which features moonlight smuggling and lanterns, Tolley noted.
“There’s something so magical about lanterns outside in the vineyards on a beautiful Okanagan night while enjoying some wine,” she said.