On September 19 from 5:00-7:30 p.m., Lakewood Cemetery invites all members of the community to a Lantern Lighting Celebration, a new and special event to honor those who have passed away. Come decorate your own candlelit floating lantern with words of remembrance, and gather with friends, family and other guests to release your lanterns together on Lakewood’s lake at dusk. Take in the beauty of the historic grounds of Lakewood while enjoying live music by Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers, trolley rides from the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, food from a local food truck and entertainment for all ages.
“Lakewood is not only a place for the deceased—it’s a place for the living,” said Ronald Gjerde, Jr., president of Lakewood Cemetery. “It’s a place where families and community members are welcome to spend time honoring, celebrating and remembering the lives of loved ones surrounded by beauty and solace. Our new Lantern Lighting Celebration is an opportunity for the entire community to gather together and do this in a special, uplifting way.”
The Lantern Lighting Celebration is a free event, with the exception of an optional $5 donation for a lantern, $2 streetcar rides from the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, and a nominal charge for food from the food truck. You are welcome to bring a picnic and blankets or folding chairs for the ceremony. Parking and restrooms are available within cemetery grounds.
Everyone from first-time visitors to those with loved ones buried at Lakewood are welcome, but lanterns may be limited – so reserve yours today and learn more at lakewoodcemetery.com, or call 612-822-2171. You can also “like” Lakewood for updates and further event information at Lakewood’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LakewoodCemetery.
Founded in 1871, Lakewood Cemetery is a nonprofit, perpetual care cemetery association governed by a board of trustees. The cemetery exists to preserve the memory of life and share its beautiful landscape, rich history and artistic treasures with the community. Lakewood’s entrance is located at Hennepin Avenue and 36th Street. The cemetery is open to the public every day.