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Starry Lights Debut

  • Presented By: Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce
  • Dates: December 9, 2022
  • Location: Wilcox Park
  • 44 Broad st
  • Westerly, RI 02891
  • Time: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: free
  • (401) 596-7761
  • For some, stars are a unifying symbol of hope, reminding us that we are part of a world that is much bigger than our own little community. For others, stars are symbols of divine guidance or love from those who have passed on before us. A shooting star is thought to represent the rise of the human spirit. Ultimately, all these luminous points in the sky represent positive forces in life and provide natural beauty and pure joy, lifting our spirits. The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce is producing its most ambitious project ever. They aim to create a temporary, 2 state, magical holiday art installation making downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck merry and bright this holiday season. A visit to the Starry Lights installation will be free and awe inspiring. The innovative exhibition will include large-scale art installations created by CT and RI artists exploring a variety of materials and taking advantage of two parks and a reflective pond. Visitors will stroll the Walk of Wonder, a twinkling light trail from Wilcox Park in Westerly to Donahue Park in Pawcatuck. To amplify the amazing display, large sculptures will be placed in both parks. The multifaceted light installation will consist of hundreds of hand crafted, illuminated stars by talented artists, craftsmen and contractors to create the exhibit and install the canopy of stars. Displays in Wilcox Park, Westerly Rhode Island 17 Foot tall archway tunnel of stars at the esplanade entrance to the park that extends 40 feet and has a solar feature inside. Thousands of twinkling star lights will dangle from trees. A 40 foot long, 15 foot tall Star Tunnel wrapped in warm twinkling lights. a 20 foot Starry Lights Tree with lit stars will be erected. Star Island, a giant kinetic star sculpture of 25 stars will be installed in the pond. 12 foot tall double star archway. 12 foot tall holiday ornament designed with stars. Giant swing where you can literally "swing upon a star" Star Bench awning 4 foot, 6 foot, and 10 foot metal stars adorned with macramé rope designs, intricate yarn patterns and warm white lights. The Infinity Exhibit will be a Memorial area with stars dedicated to loved ones who’ve passed. It will symbolize that the love for these souls will last for infinity and beyond. Displays in Donahue Park, Pawcatuck, CT Gazebo will be transformed into a beautiful lit area with crafts created by Stonington Public School students. Twinkling star lights will dangle from trees and the railing along the river. 10 foot metal star decorated by Mystic Knotwork 8 foot tall illuminated star chair. 15 food tall star tree Wall of Wishes– Stonington Children will hand paint 7 inch wooden stars that share their artwork on one-side and wishes for the future on the other. These personal reflections and messages of hope and love will literally be written in the stars! This exhibit would engage community members to create and display their own stars that would become part of a 300 foot long galaxy display. It will symbolize that we are all equally valued and brilliant contributing members of society, and that together, we can make the world a brighter place. ​ Display in Donahue Park, Pawcatuck, CT 9 foot tall illuminated Star Station. High Street Westerly 100 handcrafted wooden stars 2-4 feet displayed throughout the business district. A canopy of stars will blanket the sky on High Street.