SANTA FE, N.M., Nov. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — With the backdrop of New Mexico’s vast and open sky, a dramatic and unique outdoor event is planned just north of Santa Fe on Wednesday, November 21. And it promises to light up the Pojoaque Valley for miles around.

Lantern Launch North 2018 will take place that evening at the Towa Golf Club as a fundraiser to benefit The Food Depot. This is the second year for such an event, and offers a unique display for attendees.

“This is an opportunity for thousands of revelers to join as a community and create an unforgettable spectacle of light,” according to Christine Gabaldon, Director of Marketing for Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. “We are planning something extraordinary and the visual effects will not soon be forgotten by those who come out to join us.”

The glowing lanterns are in fact special paper bags individually fitted with a special light inside, she said. The heat of the light causes the bag — or lantern — to freely rise into the air. They are designed for safety and reliability, she added, and pose no environmental hazard or human risk since they are fire retardant and biodegradable.

Lanterns will launch according to weather conditions, and Gabaldon encourages everyone to bring blankets, warm clothing and chairs.

Live music and kids activities are also planned, along with hot drinks and snacks. Attendance is expected to top 1,000 and tickets are $15 each for adults (over 12 years of age), and $5 for kids ages 5 – 12 years. Children under the age of 4 are free. Tickets are available for purchase at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino on the day of the event. There are no presale tickets available. Parking is free. Doors open at 4pm on November 21, and lanterns are expected to lift off at 8pm at the Towa Driving Range.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Food Depot.

About the Pueblo of Pojoaque:

Pojoaque Pueblo is one of the six Tewa-speaking Rio Grande Pueblos, and a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos. The Pueblo was settled around 500 AD, with the population peaking in the 15th and 16th centuries. In 1936, it became a federally recognized Indian Reservation. Pojoaque Pueblo remains a major employer in the region, owning several business enterprises, including the gaming operations of three casino locations, Buffalo Thunder Resort, Cities of Gold Casino and Jakes’s Casino.

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