Guest speakers will answer the question, “who illuminates your life?” and talk about the opportunity in our community to be a shining light, providing a powerful moment of gratitude and giving. Over 100 pieces of artwork created by students from Hamilton, Nash, Academy, Murphy, Adams and Weymouth High School will also be on display that have a community connection with the program. Assistant Curriculum Director for Fine and Performing Arts for Weymouth Public Schools, Lauren Saracino, helped coordinate these efforts town-wide. Attendees will be able to walk around and view these 2-dimensional pieces prior to and after the event.
The highlight of Illuminate Weymouth will be the presentation of the “I’m Gonna Let it Shine” Award. This award honors an individual or organization that, through their actions, has touched the lives of many. It is a reminder that just one thoughtful act can change many lives. This year, the award will be presented to the Weymouth Food Pantry, and Executive Director Pamela Denholm will accept the award.
Following the Illuminate indoor program, a lighted procession will take participants outdoors to the lawn area between the church and the Fogg Library.
Weymouth 400’s event was inspired by Plymouth 400’s Illuminate Thanksgiving, an annual event that took place over 5 years. The Plymouth event was inspired by a famous quote by the first Governor of Plymouth Colony. Nearly four centuries ago, Governor William Bradford described the influence of Plymouth Colony in his famous quote, “…as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many…” As we approach the 400th anniversary of the Wessagussett settlement, Bradford’s words will be brought to life at the Illuminate Weymouth event.
Weymouth 400’s event is free and open to the public.
“I’m Gonna Let it Shine” Award Recipients:
2019: Richard C. Grimes
2020: Dennis Brooks