12th Annual 19th Ward Luminary Evening

The first event is on January 14, 2017, 12-1pm at Arnett Library with a tribute to King with the 19th Ward Youth Choir and guest speaker Wille Lightfoot. Then on January 16, 6pm –8pm join us for candle lighting throughout the neighborhood and Hot Spots. Open your door in 2017 sign up for Hot Spot; this is a social gathering serving a hot beverage and maybe cookies to your neighbors and sharing your thoughts on legacy of King. 

We will have a limited supply of Luminary kits available for pick up January 14 at the MLK celebration at Arnett Library and from the 19th Ward Association office 216 Thurston 1- to 3pm the prior week. The Arnett Café will serve as the Martin Luther King Jr, Luminary Headquarters beginning at 5pm on January 16. 

Contact MLK Committee Chair Zola Brown if you have any questions 585-210-9370 or zolabbrown@gmail.com . The 12th Annual Luminary Evening begins at 6:00pm on Monday, January 16 when residents of the 19th Ward will begin setting out luminaries on the sidewalks in front of their homes to celebrate community, friendship and the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream.

Celebrating Kings Day serves as an opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to social activism and the legacy that has inspired us to continue his movement.

See how to make your own Luminaries in a YouTube video by a 19th Ward resident, Moiet.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aakcPdUykp4&feature=youtu.be

We are looking for more homes willing to be Hot Spots.  This simply means that you provide hot chocolate and/or hot cider and/or a bonfire, anything warm, and of course a friendly smile on a cold winter night.  Send questions or a commitment to info@luminaryevening.com.

A limited number of Luminary kits will be available from the 19th Ward Community association Office at 216 Thurston Road.  Stop by and get yours between 10am and 2:30pm Tuesday 1/10 through Friday 1/13.  Get yours early, and put it out at 6:00pm on the 16th of January.

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Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 16, 2017 the 12th annual Luminary event will occur. The Nineteenth Ward Community Association a neighborhood organization, which has practiced many of the values of Martin Luther King’s concept of The Beloved Community.  In 1965, the 19th WCA, organized against many economic and social pressures for segregation and fought for policies to promote a prosperous, integrated urban community. Over the years 19th ward residents have continued to advocate for fair, affordable housing and home ownership, quality local schools, community/police collaborations for crime prevention and a wide range of policies and services to promote and preserve a vibrant urban community. 

This year we start our celebration Saturday January 14, 2017 at Arnett Library with tribute to King with a 19th Ward Youth Choir and guest speaker Willie Lightfoot, former County Legislator. On January 16, 2017 the neighborhood plans to ‘light up the neighborhood” with luminaries, to express our solidarity with the values of Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community and his important campaigns against racism, poverty and militarism.  In these challenging times we want to focus on the importance of coming together as a neighborhood community to celebrate and support each other in Beloved Community. We ask that all neighbors “Light Up the Night” from each block, district and area organization to encourage and facilitate the acquisition, distribution and display of a wide variety of luminaries throughout the area.  

Hot Spots, neighbors open their homes and front yards to gather in the beloved community. We encourage neighbors to seek a Hot Spot by going to website “luminaryevening.com” Residents can gather at Hot Spots for Hot Chocolate, A pot of soup or chili  and some areas are giving out free coats.  We will have lots of fun and good conversation in areas throughout the ward. Light Up The Nite between 6pm and 9pm on January 16th 2017. Please call if you would like to become a Hot Spot for 2017. 

 This is a block by block, district by district event. To volunteer or for further information contact co-chairs:  210 -9730 or Zola Brown (zolabbrown@gmail.com) .


Luminary Evening is a tradition started in the 19th Ward during the Winter of 2006.  Some neighbors got the idea that it would be great to have an occasion in the middle of Winter for neighbors to get out and enjoy the Community Spirit and Friendship that exists during the Summer when lots of neighbors are out and about.  Martin Luther King Day was chosen, since it occurs at the right time and one of his life goals was connecting all peoples in the US in community spirit, friendship and mutual respect.

The first Winter, many homes in the neighborhood lined their front yard with Luminaries purchased at Hunts Hardware on Thurston Road or from the 19th Ward Community Association.  Hunts Hardware and Menezes Pizza sells the Luminary Kit packages and 25% of all proceeds go to the 19th Ward Community Association.  A much larger segment of the 19th Ward participated in 2007 and several neighbors setup hot dog and hot chocolate stands to feed and warm the neighbors strolling the beautiful streets. Each of the following years has seen participation continue to grow.

This year, we are using Luminary Evening to connect all segments of the South west Quadrant.  Residents of the neighborhood and visitors from all around Rochester are invited to stroll the streets, enjoy the warm glow, meet neighbors and enjoy the hot chocolate and treats that will be set up on many streets.  

Hot Spots List - Google Map Link -

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