Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope

In honor of those affected by Covid-19, ArtsQuest and New Bethany Ministries are joining forces to present Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope, with proceeds benefiting both organizations. Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope features small paper bags illuminated by votive candles participants can purchase and set up at their homeplatz during a selected Musikfest day this August.

The lanterns will honor lives touched by the pandemic and can be dedicated to a loved one lost, those still struggling with the virus’ effects, or a hero fighting the pandemic on the front lines. Each lantern bouquet comprises six candles and will be sold for $9 each.

During the Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope event, Musikfest performers and attendees will be asked to #PauseTheMusik for a moment of silence in recognition of those we have lost during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Buildings throughout the Lehigh Valley will light up red in collaboration with ArtsQuest and New Bethany Ministries. Confirmed organizations include City Center Allentown, Moravian College, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Blast Furnaces, and Nitschmann Middle School, and St. Luke’s University Health Network. Additional companies are welcomed to light up red.

Those interested in participating in Poppies of Remembrance, Lanterns of Hope can purchase lantern bouquets online via New Bethany Ministries or ArtsQuest’s websites. Donations in lieu of lantern bouquets will be accepted.

Proceeds will help support ArtsQuest’s mission to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural and educational experiences, enriching our community, and New Bethany Ministries’ mission to offer hope and support to those experiencing poverty, hunger and homelessness.