Press Releases

2017:

Opening the Gates

"Opening the Gates" is the perfect theme for 2017 for the Feast of Lanterns and Pacific Grove! Torii gates are rich is symbolism, representing a gateway between this world and the spiritual world. The Manadarin orders the Torii Gates to be lit in the search for his beloved daughter, Queen Topaz and the Scholar Chang. For the Feast of Lanterns, the gates also represent the celebration of the many cultures that enrich Pacific Grove and the multiple generations who return to join the Feast family, year after year, like Monarch butterflies. Open your heart as we open the gates... we welcome you!

The Board of Directors is excited to announce that applications are available for the Royal Court and the Royal Guard!

The Royal Court, as we know it today, was the inspiration of Elmarie Hurlbert Hyler Dyke in the late 1950's. Each young woman, whether she is a Princess or the Queen, represents a jewel based on the European birthstones for the 12 months of the year and she wears a brocade costume in the appropriate color. For example, Princess Sapphire wears a dark blue brocade. She is an ambassador for Pacific Grove, representing her community, embodying social grace, working on interview skills and practicing public speaking.

In 2016, the Board of Directors voted to make the Scholar Chang an official addition to the Royal Court. Adding Chang created a sensation and interest in opportunities for the young men of Pacific Grove to serve has led to another long awaited change. The Board of Directors have embraced our 2017 theme "Opening the Gates" and have added a Royal Guard.

The Royal Guard will showcase the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, with each young man donning a black silk jacket with an embroidered medallion of the animal he represents. These young men will serve their community by attending all of the same events along with the Royal Court. They will learn martial arts choregraphy and speak about the elements in conjunction with their zodiac animal. For example, this lunar New Year is the year of the Fire Rooster, so one young man of the Royal Guard will represent the Rooster and its element, fire.

Be a part of the living history of Pacific Grove! Be a role model! Earn a scholarship! Apply for the Royal Court or the Royal Guard and help us open the gates to your next adventure.


Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Information Meeting

The Information Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7th, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

This meeting is mandatory for at least one parent or guardian of any applicant for the 2017 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court and the Royal Guard. The meeting will outline the commitments and responsibilities required of a Royal Court and Guard member, including the preliminary calendar (subject to change as events are added). Please bring any questions you may have to this meeting as there will be a question and answer session following. The applications to serve of the Royal Court and Royal Guard are due by 5:00 pm on February 24, 2017. They will be posted on the Feast of Lanterns website on January 15, 2017.

This year the Board of Directors has voted to add the Royal Guard. Last year Chang was added as a member of the Royal Court and any young man trying out for it will go through the same interview process as the young ladies do. This year Chang will become the head of the Royal Guard and there will be 4 additional positions on the Royal Guard for young men to try out and be part of the Feast of Lanterns. This means that there will be a Royal Court with Queen Topaz with 6 Princess of various gemstones, a Royal Guard that is led by Chang, has 4 Guardsmen who represent animals and elements. The Royal Guard will learn a martial arts demonstration and they are already part of the pageant script. It is a perfect way to give young men a larger role in this hometown tradition. They are the knights and the court is the royalty.

Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Tuesday February 7, 2017
6:30 - 7:30 pm


Interview Prep Circle

Are you interested in serving on the Feast of Lanterns Royal Court or the NEW Royal Guard? This event is hosted by Kaye Coleman, Vice President for the Board of Directors. You will have a chance to practice the process of interviewing and review tips for giving your best interview. This is for young women and men that are interested in serving on the Royal Court or Royal Guard. Going through the interview process to be selected for the Royal Court or Royal Guard is a wonderful real life experience and one that prepares you for success in your adult life. Come and be part of Pacific Grove's history!

Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
February 9, 2017
6:30 till 8:00 pm


2016:

Fashions of the Feast

The Feast of Lanterns, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, is announcing the “Fashions of the Feast.” Join us in celebrating "A Feast Odyssey," the 2016 theme and the legacy of the Feast of Lanterns. You can call 831-800-1905 for more information about the Fashions of the Feast.

A Fashion Show and Tea at the beautiful Merrill Hall located in Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds. This event will promote both the old and the new in reference to the iconic fashions that go along with The Feast of Lanterns. Current and former royalty will model vintage Feast of Lantern costumes along with wares from local boutiques; including Tessuti Zoo, The Nest, Biba Clothing Optional, and Poppy Boutique. This year we will start with a tea ceremony and after the fashion show we will be auctioning off hand painted lanterns and parasols by local artists. Maddox Haberdasher will be the MC for the fashion show. Feast of Decor winners will also be announced. This is surely going to be an elegant afternoon.

A limited number of tickets will be sold for this event; so get yours now. Tickets are $25 in advance and are available at Pacific Grove Travel, Inc. Tickets are $30 at the door on the day of the event, if there are any left.

July 23, 2016 – 12:00-2:00pm
Merrill Hall at Asilomar
Event Chair - Kaye Coleman
Thank you to Asilomar and Peggy Jones for being our presenting sponsors for the event.
www.jonesgrouprealestate.com
www.visitasilomar.com


Call for Artists

The Feast of Lanterns, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, is issuing a “Call for Artists.” The Feast of Lanterns Board of Directors would like to invite the local artists to paint either a white paper lantern or a white paper parasol to be auctioned off at the Fashions of the Feast at Asilomar on July 23, 2016. Join us in celebrating "A Feast Odyssey", the 2016 theme and the legacy of the Feast of Lanterns.

You can contact Joni Birch by email president@feast-of-lanterns.org or call 831-800-1905 to pick up your lantern or parasol.

Artist’s submissions are due by July 20, 2016 and you can pick up a lantern or parasol starting June 20, 2016. Your piece will be displayed during the tea and fashion show and will be auctioned off at the end of the event.


Feast of Lanterns Official Kick Off!

As a kick off to the Feast of Lanterns season, a festive brunch will be held at the Beach House at Lovers Point on June 26th at 12pm.

A silent and live auction will help raise funds for this community event. Tickets are $50 per person and only 100 will be sold. Last year was a complete sell out. Tickets are available at Pacific Grove Travel, Inc.

The Feast of Lanterns season kick off fund raising brunch and auction will be held on June 26 at 12:00pm. It will be hosted by the Beach House Restaurant at Lovers Point. Tickets are $50.00 per person. There will be a live and silent auction in addition to a delicious brunch buffet. This event sells out every year so get your tickets early!

Tickets are available at Pacific Grove Travel, 593 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The Feast of Lanterns will be held July 27-31, 2016.

For more information visit the Feast of Lanterns website at www.feast-of-lanterns.org or call 831-373-0631.


Call for Volunteers

The Feast of Lanterns, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, is looking for volunteers to assist in the 2016 Feast of Lanterns. Volunteers are needed for all major events including, but not limited to, the Fashions of the Feast, Opening Ceremonies, Feast of Flavors, the Feast of Dance, Feast Day at Lovers Point, and the Closing Ceremonies. These events take place between July 23rd and July 31st, 2016. Community service hours are available for students. Join us in celebrating "A Feast Odyssey" and becoming part of the legacy of the Feast of Lanterns, celebrating the birth of Pacific Grove, exploring the multi-cultural diversity of our area, and helping to grant scholarships to members of the Royal Court. Support your community for just a couple of hours and have a great time doing it! Contact volunteers@feast-of-lanterns.org or fill out the "contact us" page on our website.


The Royal Court Presentation

The Feast of Lanterns, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit, is proud to formally announce the 2016 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court. The Feast of Lanterns Board of Directors would like to invite the public and local media to attend the Royal Court Presentation. The presentation is hosted by Canterbury Woods and refreshments will be served. This is the first appearance and formal introduction of the Royal Court. Join us in celebrating "A Feast Odyssey," the 2016 theme and the legacy of the Feast of Lanterns.

The Royal Court Presentation – 2016 Feast of Lanterns
Hosted by Canterbury Woods
651 Sinex Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
April 4, 2016
5:00pm-6:00pm


Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns Annual Meeting Open to the Public

The public is invited to join the Feast of Lanterns General Membership meeting on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. All residents are welcome to join the Board of Directors at the Community Center in Pacific Grove at 515 Junipero Avenue for our annual election meeting.

Everyone in the community is invited to serve on the Board of Directors and help bring this wonderful tradition to life each year. Nominations to the Board of Directors are welcome and can be submitted in advance of the annual meeting. You are welcome to nominate any potential member by emailing the Board of Directors at board@feast-of-lanterns.org. Please include your name and contact information as well as your nominee’s name and contact information.

If you prefer, nominations can also be made from the floor at the meeting prior to voting. In either case, the nominee must be in attendance in order to be included on the voting ballot that night. If the nominee is unable to attend the meeting, their name will be removed from the ballot.

Feast of Lanterns is a team sport. We could not make this wonderful tradition happen without our amazing community. How can you become a part of the team? If you know of someone who has volunteered, donated, or contributed to the Feast of Lanterns and is interested in serving on the board, then now is a great time to share in this wonderful tradition.

Everyone who had a part in presenting the 2015 Feast of Lanterns event is considered a member of the Feast of Lanterns and is entitled to attend the annual general membership meeting and vote in the election of board members. The board hopes to see you at its annual meeting and welcomes your participation.

The Feast of Lanterns is a 501(c)(3) corporation with an all-volunteer board of directors. The proceeds of the festival each year, minus operating expenses, fund a scholarship program for community spirited, active high school students.


2015:

2015 Feast of Lanterns General Membership Meeting

The Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns will hold it’s annual general membership meeting on Wednesday, October 28th. The meeting will be held in the Kuwatani Room of Pacific Grove Community Center at 6:00pm. On the agenda is the election of Board Members. Everyone who had a part in presenting the 2015 Feast of Lanterns event is considered a member of the Feast of Lanterns and is entitled to attend the annual general membership meeting and vote in the election of board members.


2013:

2013 Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns to hold General Membership Meeting

The Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns, Inc will hold it’s annual general membership meeting on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. The meeting will be held in the Kuwatani Room of Pacific Grove Community Center at 7:00pm. On the agenda is the election of Board Members. Everyone who had a part in presenting the 2013 Feast of Lanterns event is considered a member of the Feast of Lanterns, Inc and is entitled to attend the annual general membership meeting and vote in the election of board members.