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Invitation to Lighting of the Lawn 2019

December 3, 2019
University Community
Leah Palombi and Erik Toor, Lighting of the Lawn Co-Chairs

To Fellow Members of the University Community,
We are thrilled to invite you to the 19th Annual Lighting of the Lawn on December 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. We hope you will join us in celebrating one of the University’s most cherished traditions.
In the wake of the attacks on September 11th, 2001, a group of students decided to brighten the somberness of that time by stringing lights on the Lawn and inviting others to join them for reflection and unity as a community. Since then, Lighting of the Lawn (LOTL) has grown immensely, with a cappella and dance performances and a student-made light show.
This year, we’re excited to announce that there will be an Open Reception on the South Lawn with food trucks, a light painting booth, and a whole lot more. Additionally, a special surprise to be used at the end of LOTL will be given to attendees at all entrance points starting at 6:30 p.m., while supplies last. While LOTL continues to be an evening for celebration, it is also, more importantly, a moment for reflection. We encourage you to join us in promoting our theme, “Illuminate,” and share in celebrating with the people who make your life brighter. We hope you’ll read and adhere to the Lighting of the Lawn event norms.
Security Protocols

  • Walk-through metal detectors will be located on the North Plaza of the Rotunda, Green Alley, Garrett Hall Sidewalk, and Rouss/Robertson Hall Sidewalk. These will be the only opportunities for entrance to the event. Should you need to leave, re-admittance is permitted.
    • Restrooms will be available in the Patterson, Key, and McGuffey alleysThere will be an accessible restroom in Patterson Alley. 
    • Specific lines for individuals entering with a bag or backpack will be located at each entrance for search by event personnel. In order to expedite the security process we recommend you come without a bag.
  • Empty water bottles are permitted and can be filled at the water filling stations on the middle of the Lawn and South Lawn.
  • Prohibited items include:
    • Liquids including all beverages, folding chairs, tents, glass, sticks and poles (including athletic equipment), drones, weapons, fireworks, explosives, and animals (other than service animals).
  • An alternate viewing location will be available in the Newcomb Theater.

Additionally, download the 2019 Lighting of the Lawn App to see site maps, accessibility information, and notifications leading up to and during the event.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to respond to this email. We are so excited to have you join us on the Lawn this Thursday, and we hope you have an amazing time!
Erik Toor & Leah Palombi
Lighting of the Lawn Co-Chairs