Deep River Water Lantern Celebration coming to Plattwood Park

A Little Compassion, Inc.  is presenting the second annual Water Lantern Celebration 2020 - Live Stream, taking place at Plattwood Park in Deep River, from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 3, with a rain date of Oct. 4.

DEEP RIVER – A Little Compassion, Inc. is presenting The second annual Water Lantern Celebration 2020 - Live Stream, presented by A Little Compassion, Incl, will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 3 at Plattwood Park, with a rain date of Oct. 4.

This year’s theme is “Lighting the Way for People of All Abilities,” and will be hosted by Sarah Cody, WTNH Channel 8 Reporter and Anchor.

“The Water Lantern Celebration is a community event celebrating the lives of individuals of all abilities. Participants will witness the beauty of hundreds of lanterns inscribed with personal greetings and memories to lift up and honor those in our communities who live with and overcome challenges due to disability every day,” according to a statement.

For this year’s celebration, there will still be hundreds of hand decorated lanterns floating on the pond at Plattwood Park. This year, the lanterns will be decorated at home and dropped off at a safe drive-thru the afternoon of the celebration.

“All participants will receive a Water Lantern Watch Party Bag full of snacks and activities at the drop off site, so that they can return home, curl up on the couch and watch the event unfold live,” members said.

The live, online event will also include interviews and performances by local young adults and community members showcasing their talents and connection to the organization’s mission of inclusion, acceptance, diversity and positive change, according to members.

Lantern prices are $15 per lantern, $50 for a family pack of four lanterns. Compassion Water Lanterns may also be purchased for $10 per lantern and will be distributed to community members who otherwise would not be able to attend. Dedications to a loved one in the Water Lantern Program are available for $5 until 9/25.

Lanterns can be purchased in advance online at; by downloading a form from the website and mailing it to The Nest Coffee House with a check, or in person at The Nest Coffee House with cash or a check.

“Lanterns can be picked for decorating at home from The Nest Coffee House starting Sept. 22, giving folks plenty of time to get creative while expressing themselves with a picture, uplifting quote or tribute on their lantern,” members said.

The event is a fundraiser for ALC, a non-profit organization with a mission to change the lives of young adults with autism, intellectual and developmental abilities by creating employment and social opportunities that nurture their unique skills, strengths, and preferences. Employment opportunities are now offered at ALC’s flagship program, The Nest Coffee House. Social Gatherings ranging from Arts and Crafts, Anime, Jackbox Tv, Trivia, Family Feud, Writer’s Workshop, Express your Stress and more are offered safely online. You can find them on The Nest’s website The Nest opened in May 2019 on Main Street in Deep River and provides a welcoming, safe, and purposeful space for everyone to enjoy.

For information, contact Jane Moen, Executive Director, ALC at 860-227-9083 or

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