Luminary walk set for Bradenton

Candlelight, music, food and history are on tap for annual event

December 19, 2013 

For the fifth holiday season in a row, DeSoto National Memorial will light its trails with thousands of luminaries.

The event, scheduled for Saturday is called the Winter Luminary Walk. But there's plenty more going on besides the lovely glow a candlelight along the park's walkways.

Among the live music acts on tap are Juan R. Leon, who shares the beautiful melodies of Native American flute on the shores of the Manatee River, and solo violinist Amberly Waterman of Anna Maria, who performs traditional European melodies. There's also steel drumming and other Caribbean entertainment from G man.

And all along those luminary-lighted trails will be historical re-enactors who will relate stories of the area's early Spanish and Native American cultures and how they celebrated the winter season.

Food will be provided by the Chop Shop, starting a little before the event.

The Winter Luminary Walk, like all events at DeSoto National Memorial, is free.

Last year, there was free parking for the Luminary Walk at King High School and a free shuttle from there to the event. That's been discontinued this year because of budget cuts. So parking will be limited, and park officials advise people to get to the event early if they want a good parking spot, and to car pool if possible.

Details: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 21, DeSoto National Memorial, north end of 75th Street West, Bradenton. Tickets: Free. Information: 941-792-0458, ext 105, www.nps.gov/deso/index.htm.

-- Marty Clear

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