Ballard Exploration Company, Inc. will present the 12th Annual Illuminated Garden on Thursday, February 23rd Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in Ballard Park.  The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Park’s three acre quarry meadow.

Local school groups, artists and members of the public are invited to participate in the event by creating their own unique, illuminated display.  Past works have included illuminated igloos made from recycled milk jugs, a large metal heart wrapped in lights, chicken wire sculptures in the form of a tight rope walker, villages built from cardboard boxes and an oversized Lite Brite.

Eight works of art will be accepted. Each display requires a light source (solar powered or electric with a power cord). Power sources will be provided if requested in advance. Submissions must be able to withstand 60 mile per hour gusts of wind and rain.

The deadline for entries is February 10. If selected, installation of the display will take place on Wednesday, February 22 or Thursday, February 23. Installation must be completed by 3pm Thursday, February 23. After the three night event, artwork must be removed from Ballard Park by 6pm on Monday, February 27.

More information on entering a display may be found on Friends of Ballard Park’s web site

The 12th Annual Illuminated Garden is free and open to the public.  The event is sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts, the City of Newport, National Grid, the Rhode Island House of Representatives and the Rhode Island State Senate and co-sponsored by A1 Roofing & Construction, Discover Newport, McGrath Clambakes, Inc., Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed and TJ Brown Landscape.

Ballard Park is located at the intersection of Hazard & Wickham Roads in Newport, RI.    The event may be accessed through the Hazard Road entrance with parking available in the Rogers High School lot on Wickham Road.  Event goers are advised to wear appropriate shoes or boots as the trail may be dark, muddy and uneven in places.

Friends of Ballard Park is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, maintaining and promoting Newport’s Only Nature Preserve. Cultural events and educational programming help to promote stewardship of the park and decrease negative park activities.

For more information on the event visit or call 619.3377.

Source: Friends Of Ballard Park Press Release

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