Paper lanterns and super moon on the Susquehanna
May 6, 2012 by Chris Dunn
© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. About 130 paper lanterns were floated out onto the Susquehanna River from the John Wright Restaurant boat ramp in the York County Youth Development Center’s first-ever Tea Light Lantern Float festival on Saturday, May 5, 2012. People could sponsor a lantern for $10 in support of the center, and lanterns were retrieved further downstream by a center employee in a boat. The paper lanterns consisted of paper bags glued to Styrofoam boards, which were painted and decorated by York County Youth Development Center students. The paper bags were sprayed with “peace” and “hope” stencils and filled with a layer of sand, on which tea lights were placed.
I’ve been awfully close to it, but I’d never set foot in Susquehanna River waters until last night. As people set paper lanterns adrift in a lantern float festival, I waded down a boat ramp as deep as my shorts — and the boat ramp — would allow me.
© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Daniel Braun, 9 of Wrightsville, right, sends out a lighted paper lantern to York County Youth Development Center community outreach coordinator Tony Zorbaugh, who sent the lanterns further out into the Susquehanna River off of the John Wright Restaurant boat ramp on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
And then I remembered that the moon was supposed to be a “super moon.” It wasn’t quite super at the time, but it was getting there:
© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The “super moon” rises over the Wrightsville bridge as three paper lanterns float downstream on the Susquehanna River on Saturday, May 5, 2012.