NEW ALBANY – The Solstice Celebration & Lantern Release planned for June 21 has been postponed as the Chinese company providing the lanterns could not confirm delivery in time for the event.
Five hundred lanterns were ordered in mid-May, but the city received an email on June 5 stating that the company could not guarantee delivery by June 21. No further explanation was given.
“This may be a blessing in disguise,” said New Albany’s Tourism Director, Sean Johnson. “We had been working with the Pilot Club to produce the event, and they had presented a number of great ideas for other activities to surround event, but there was just not enough time to plan them correctly. This forced wait for the lanterns will allow us to include some more ideas and to provide a greater experience later.”
Johnson said the lantern release is still in the works.