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Dozens Attend Firebird Wand Workshop

The organizer of the wand workshop hopes the parade from the Kiwanis Children's Plaza to the festival will be the biggest one yet.

Colorful crafters carefully traced patterns, snipped around outlines and carefully tied streamers to create one part of the multi-dimensional Firebird Festival on Saturday. 

More than 50 people stopped by St. John's UCC on Saturday to craft flying bird wands for the Firebird Festival Parade on Dec. 10. Participants will bring the wands to the Kiwanis Children's Plaza at Bridge and Bank streets and "fly into the parade," according to Victoria O'Neill, the artist behind the wand-making workshop. 

O'Neill carefully laid out colorful papers, crayons, sticks, streamers and more to make artists of all ages feel at home with making the colorful creations. 

To see the finished products, just keep your eyes out during the parade on Dec. 10. The parade begins at Starr Street and moves down to the festival in the 300 block of Bridge Street.

Emma November 15, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Great glimpse into this fun event! Looking forward to the festival...
Victoria O'Neill November 16, 2011 at 01:51 PM
What a beautiful article and pictures. Thank you so much, and please note that the parade is actually starting near Starr Street. The wand makers will gather with their birds at The Children's Plaza the night of the Firebird Festival (Dec 10th) at 7:30 and fly into the parade as it passes by on it's way down to the bird site.
Boy Hilongos December 09, 2011 at 01:35 AM
I am visiting from Florida and hope to attend the festival. The phoenix looks phantastic - can't wait to see it send flames of hope and renewal soaring heaven-ward!

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