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Festival Of Lights 2010

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Date: November 16, 2010

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association

For Immediate Release Contact: Jocelyn Buckey

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (330) 657-2909 ext. 106

jbuckey@cvnpa.org

Peninsula, Ohio - This holiday season, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association (CVNPA) will be lighting up one of the darkest day of the year at the annual Festival of Lights. This event highlights the traditions of various cultures and seasonal days of celebration during the month of December and on the winter solstice. Dine in our cozy, pine adorned dining hall and take a stroll through candle lit woods sampling the holiday traditions! You will be treated to a warm feast catered by Executive Chef Larkin Rogers. The stroll through Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center’s campus will educate you on seasonal days of celebration as volunteers and staff provide information, demonstrations, crafts, and desserts. Cultures being observed include Christmas, Bodhi Day, Kwanzaa, Choimus, Hanukkah, St. Lucia's Day, and the Yule Log.

The Festival of Lights will take place on Friday, December 17, 2010 at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Dinner will be served at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Fee: $25 per person ages 12 and older, $20 CVNPA members, $7 children ages 5 to 11. Festivities are held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. For more information and to register call (800) 642-3297 ext.100.

Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center is located at 3675 Oak Hill Road, Peninsula 44264.

CVNPA is a nonprofit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about CVNPA and its membership program, visit www.cvnpa.org or call (330) 657-2909.

CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or www.dayinthevalley.com or call (330) 657-2752 or (800) 257-9477.

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Did You Know?

Monarch Butterfly - US Fish and Wildlife Service Photo

Early September is the time to watch monarchs feed in Cuyahoga Valley fields rich with goldenrod and New England aster. These places serve as important re-fueling sites for these long distance travelers on their way to oyamel forests near Mexico City more than 2,000 miles away.