If there's a loved one you want to remember or you would just like to enjoy a night of serine atmosphere, this Thursday in Portage at 7900 S. Westnedge at Ramona Park, there's going to be a Water Lantern event which should be a great way to kick off Labor Day weekend. There is a 100 person limit so registration is required here to participate.

There will be lantern kits, including a floating lantern to launch on the water and a marker to decorate your lantern will be distributed to each registered participant beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can then feel free to enjoy a picnic dinner (bring your own) at Ramona Park or purchase food from the Ramona Park Beach concession stand until 7:30 p.m. After Dinner is finished the organizers will be providing complimentary ice cream for each registered participant. Then at 8 p.m., you can launch your lantern and watch as the soft lights reflect on the waters of Long Lake. The lanterns wont be littering the lake however.

To avoid impacting the environment, Portage Parks & Recreation will retrieve all of the lanterns from the lake after the festival. 

Experience an atmosphere of remembrance, hope, happiness and community at the first-ever Night Lights Water Lantern Festival. At this family-friendly event, you’ll help light up the lake in a way you’ll never forget while honoring and remembering loved ones or floating words of hope and encouragement across the water.

Entry is $8 per person (each person must register and will receive a lantern kit).

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