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Gooseberry Falls Candlelight Event Returns

The warm glow of candles con­trasted with the cool tones of the snow, creating a peaceful atmo­sphere for Gooseberry Falls State Park’s Candlelight Event. An an­nual event, the Candlelight Event was postponed for a few years due to COVID-19, but has now returned, providing a beautiful winter event for all.

The Candlelight Event featured candle-lit luminaries guiding vis­itors on several miles of trails suitable for walking, snowshoe­ing, or skiing. A path going to the caves and back provided a shorter distance with an ethereal view. A bonfire and marshmallows were available at the Lady Slipper Am­phitheater; while hot beverages and cookies were served at the Visitors’ Center.

Inside the Visitor’s Center, Mar­ty Anderson and Beth Alexander provided music, Anderson on acoustic gui­tar with Alexander singing a wide variety of songs, including some of Anderson’s origi­nals. The duo plays gigs all along the shore, including a number of them at Harbor Rail in Two Harbors. Anderson and Alexander shared that they’re looking forward to adding a bass player to their group in April.

To have the Candlelight Event, volunteers are needed to set up and light the luminar­ies. This year, American Heritage Girls Troop MN2931 and some of their brothers from TrailLife USA Troop MN-4738 were among the volunteers. Since 2013, American Heri­tage Girls have volunteered at the Candlelight Event, and the troop members were glad to be part of it again. American Heritage Girl Alexa Fleming’s favorite part of the event was going up on the bridge and being able to see all the lit luminaries from above, like so many stars fallen to the ground. TrailLife USA member Landon Fleming enjoyed light­ing the luminaries located in the cave – some of which required some creativity to reach.

Thank you to all the volunteers who make this event possible! If you didn’t get a chance to go this year, look ahead to next February’s Candlelight Event at Gooseberry Falls.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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