Fun Day + Lantern Festival
Saturday, October 21, 2017
GFS Fields (athletics events) and Main Campus, 31 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144
GFS hosts Fun Day + Lantern Festival, a celebration of community, honoring the Light in all people through arts, music, food and fun.
This event builds upon (and expands!) the time-honored tradition of Fun Day.
Fun Day + Lantern Festival will be open to all members of the GFS community, as well as to neighbors and friends.
Schedule of Events
Come out early and show your Tiger Pride at 2 p.m. with the opportunity to cheer on our teams as they compete in athletic events at the GFS Fields. Then, head to Main Campus at 4 p.m. for the Fun Day festivities. The evening will conclude with a community procession of light (featuring our lanterns) at sunset.
Please see below for a general timeline of the day:
2 p.m.: Athletic Events, GFS Fields
4 p.m.: Fun Day (games, food, booths), GFS Main Campus
6:45 p.m. (sunset): Lantern Parade, GFS Main Campus
Fun Day Activities
As always, Fun Day activities for all ages include bouncy rides, the Middle School book sale, great food, and more.
On Fun Day, the entire GFS community—students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and neighbors—joins together to raise funds for student activities and clubs. The students’ creativity, resourcefulness and joy is on display at the various booths, games, and food stands organized and run by the clubs and affinity groups.
Lanterns will be the centerpiece of the celebration of community, honoring the Light in all people through arts, music, food and fun.
Over the course of several weeks, we will build community by engaging the GFS community and Germantown neighbors in an art-based, creative, collaborative lantern-making project and celebration of light.
Artist Gowri Savoor will be doing a residency on campus from September 22-October 5.
In addition to leading lantern workshops on her own, Gowri has trained our art teachers and other creative folks in our community to teach lantern-making to our students, faculty, and staff, who will be all be making lanterns in the weeks leading up to the festival.
You're Invited to Get Involved
Our neighbors in the Germantown community are warmly invited to participate in lantern making and the Fun Day + Lantern Festival as a whole.
There will be four Community Lantern-Making Workshops, which will take place Saturday, 9/30 and Sunday, 10/1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
Please note the following and complete the Community Workshops registration form if you would like to participate.
- This workshop is suitable for adults and children
- Open to parents, faculty, staff, neighbors, and friends (everyone!)
- Workshops are free to attend
- All tools and materials will be provided
- Space for each workshop is limited to 25 people
All members of the community are welcome to participate in the Lantern Parade, even if you have not made a lantern.
About the Artist
A River of Light founder Gowri Savoor is a visual artist and teaching artist, whose practice includes sculpture, painting and the Indian art of Rangoli. Born in England, she was educated in Manchester and Leeds, and moved to the United States in 2007. Having trained with organizations such as Walk the Plank, she has been teaching local communities to host school and district-wide lantern parades in the UK and the US.
She is passionate about bringing art to the community through participatory art events and has been a teaching artist for over 17 years. Since 2010, Savoor has been the the co-organizer and artistic director of A River of Light in Waterbury, as well as facilitator of numerous parades in towns across New England.