Garden Recruiting Volunteers for Chinese Lantern Festival

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to host festival Sept. 7 through Oct. 29

BELMONT, N.C. – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is looking for volunteers to help with the Chinese Lantern Festival to be held Wednesday through Sunday evenings from Sept. 7 through Oct. 29. Volunteers who complete three shifts will receive two complimentary tickets to enjoy the Chinese Lantern Festival.

As a nonprofit organization, the Garden relies on the help of volunteers for events, assistance throughout the Garden, and so much more. Volunteer positions include indoor and outdoor hosts, translators, activity assistants, advance ticket support and entrance directors. Volunteers must fill out an application at www.dsbg.org/event/chinese-lantern-festival-2017 (scroll to the green “Become a Volunteer” button) and commit to attend just one training session in August. Volunteer training sessions will be held on Aug. 21 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., Aug. 23 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aug. 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. All volunteers also receive a Chinese Lantern Festival t-shirt. Contact the Garden’s Volunteer Manager at volunteer@dsbg.org or 704-829-1257 for more info.

About the Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

We may call these “lanterns,” but make no mistake – these are not hand-held, candle-lit lamps. From humble beginnings of silk and paper, the Chinese lantern has evolved into the wondrous shapes and sizes of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Enter “The Wild,” a world of life-size (sometimes larger than life) illuminated panda bears, lions, flamingoes and more fauna from the world’s seven continents. Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. Arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls, they glimmer like crystal rainbows. It’s Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s largest exhibition to date and hundreds of lanterns will fill more than 12 acres.

Living arts further enhance the Chinese Lantern Festival. Guests will marvel at Kung Fu shows, savor Asian food and browse the marketplace that features authentic Chinese folk art and crafts. All this surrounded by the lush Garden featuring an all-new Asian-inspired display that was installed this spring and will be in place throughout the year. Japanese maples, bamboo, grasses, iris, ferns and more are pulled together to develop the display that also features other traditional Asian elements such as rock and water. Throughout autumn, the Garden will offer continuing education classes for adults, programs for schools and home schools, guided tours for groups and much more.

The Chinese Lantern Festival will be open to the public from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday evenings from Sept. 7 through Oct. 29. Visitors can save by purchasing tickets online in advance at www.DSBG.org where tickets are $21.95 per adult, $19.95 per senior 60+, $14.95 per child ages 2 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. If tickets are not sold out for an evening , tickets will also be available at the door for $24.95 per adult, $21.95 per senior 60+, $15.95 per child ages 2 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. Garden members receive a 30% discount on tickets including up to four guests. Please note that the Garden will remain open daily for general admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with daytime entry ending at 4 p.m.

The Chinese Lantern Festival is a production of Hanart Culture (www.chineselanternfestival.com). The exhibition is sponsored by Duke Energy, WSOC-TV and K104.7.

For more information call (704) 825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org.

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