Virtual Luminaria Ceremony

Virtual Luminaria Ceremony

Friday, June 12, 2020, 9:00 pm until 11:00 pm
Virtual on Facebook

Members, friends, and the Missions Committee of the Mary Lyon Church have annually supported the Franklin County Relay for Life that raises funds for the American Cancer Society every year since it began. Initiated by Jennifer Wall of the Wallnut’s Team, the first year of the Relay in Franklin County was 1996. The Willis Family Team also participated and has each year ever since.

This year's event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We just learned that there will be a virtual Luminaria Ceremony later this week that we wanted to tell you about. Here are the details from the Relay for Life Planning Committee:

This coming Friday night, June 12th at 9pm, we invite you to join us live on our Facebook page as we hold a virtual Luminaria Ceremony. While we can't hold this important ceremony with all of you in person, we want to join in remembering and honoring those who are so important to us.

We also would like you to light luminaria at your homes, and post pictures on our Facebook page.

Relayers in different parts of the County have volunteered to have bags and candles available for you to safely pick up:

Greenfield, all day Wednesday, 6/10, or contact for alternate time
Linda Tyler,, 413-522-1686
23 Hastings Street, Greenfield (bags and candles are on the porch)

South Deerfield, stop by during bank hours, or contact for alternate time
Lisa McKenna,, 413-636-6485
Greenfield Savings Bank, 61 North Main Street, South Deerfield

Bernardston, 4-8pm any day this week, or contact for alternate time
Wendy Wiles,, 413-768-9666
459 Brattleboro Rd, Bernardston

Buckland, stop by the Willis Farm at the HOUSE anytime, pick up on the porch at the house
Judy Willis, 413-625-2649
Willis Farm, Route 112
253 Ashfield Road, Buckland, MA 01338

They are not charging a fee per luminary this year due to not being able to hold the event in person. Of course, donations are always accepted. Checks can be made payable to American Cancer Society or people can donate on-line to a specific Relay Team and/or Team member. Here's the link to the Franklin County Relay page: to donate on-line or learn more about the Relay and the June 12th Virtual Luminaria Ceremony.

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