Oracle – It’s that time, again! What time? Time to get your GLOW on at the Triangle L Ranch’s 10th annual Festival of Lights on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For those not in the know, here’s a little information about GLOW. The backdrop for the festival is the lush, high desert of the Triangle L Ranch, in the light of the full moon. The purpose is to celebrate night time artistry. There will be dancers, painters, works of art, performances, and a strolling audience, all lit up in this festival dedicated to light, creativity and community.
What to expect? A colorfully lit entry road that leads to the GLOW gate where spectators may purchase tickets and enter the five acres that are set with twinkling lights. The grounds are open for those who care to stroll and visit the sculpture path and discover light projections, multi-media installations, theatrical performances and more. Interactive exhibits will be available for children, as GLOW is an all-age event.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. The 1890s main ranch house is a great place to sit, watch the spectacle, eat a slice of pie, and relax.
For tickets purchased in advance, general admission is $12.50 per person, per night. For children ages 3-12 years, the price is $5 per night; and, under three, they get in free. To learn more, visit www.trianglelranch.com/glow.html online. Visitors may also purchase advance tickets online at www.trianglelranch.com/tickets.html or at Yikes Toy Store at 2930 E. Broadway Blvd., which is open from Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
On the nights of the event, tickets purchased at the gate must be paid for in cash. General admission will be $15 per person, per night; with tickets for children ages 3-12 selling for $5 each, per night; under three, still free.
If people are coming from Tucson and don’t want to do the drive, this year there will be air-conditioned shuttles which will leave from the Tucson Mall, on the south side of Sears Auto Center, on the west side of the Mall. Shuttles will arrive 15 minutes before departure and leave promptly at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. They will leave the GLOW entry gate to return to the Tucson Mall at 9:45 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. See URL for ticket purchases, above.
Even though GLOW is a free-spirited festival, there are a few rules that must be followed for your safety and comfort. First of all, the Triangle L Ranch has a new, free, off-site parking area in Oracle with a free shuttle to the front gate. Follow the signs off Hwy. 77 into Oracle, on American Ave., to the parking lot. The shuttle will leave every 10 minutes, with the last shuttle leaving the GLOW entry at 11 p.m. There is to be no more parking on the roadway. Handicap parking is available. Just follow the signs to the on-site handicap parking area.
As it is said every year, walking shoes are to be worn to protect yourself from nefarious creatures of the night, and anyone you might run into who are not artists as well. Flashlights are recommended. Stay on designated pathways. Only smoke in designated areas. Smoking areas will be designated by the staff at the Triangle L Ranch, not by smokers; no smoking in the desert. Persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult of humanoid origin. No, kidlets, a dog being three years old does not make it a 21 year old adult companion! In fact, do not bring pets – absolutely none.
GLOW still needs volunteers for grounds cleaning, lighting, signage, satellite parking set up, for the event, and more. Each shift during GLOW is approximately two hours. All volunteers received free admission that evening and access to the Green, parking set-up and more. Also, for the event itself we could still use some help. Each shift during GLOW is approximately two hours, roughly between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. All volunteers receive free admission that evening and access to the ‘Green Room’ for free food and beverages. A shared, cool dish to feed the hungry artists and volunteers would be a welcome donation. If interested in volunteering in any capacity please email.
Don’t be afraid to come on out and enjoy, or be, the show. Hardly any werewolves will attend.