Second Annual Menorah Lighting in Belfast Brenda Bonneville, editor December 20, 2016 (Belfast, ME) Community members of all faiths are invited to gather for Belfast’s second annual menorah lighting event on the first night of Chanukah which falls on Saturday, December 24 this year. The seven-foot tall menorah will be lit in front of the Belfast Post Office at sundown. Festivities will begin at 3:30 pm with music as well as traditional snacks catered by Anne Saggese. The menorah will be lit at 4:01 pm with remarks made by former Belfast Poet Laureate Ellen Sander. For eight subsequent days at sundown, the menorah will be lit on the same system that turns on Belfast’s street lamps at dusk. In 2015, Our Town Belfast hired local welder Pete Sylvester (a spiral stair maker based out of Searsport) to create a custom, seven-foot tall menorah which was lit for the first time last year. This year’s Chanukah celebration will continue in this way through a collaboration with the Belfast Creative Coalition, Our Town Belfast, The City of Belfast and Ellen Sander. Ellen said, “Chanukah has a shining presence in Belfast’s exuberant holiday celebration. I’m elated that it is and will continue to be a part of Belfast’s winter holiday traditions. The candles join the star of light to illuminate the celebratory inclusiveness and the joy of the season in our proudly rambunctious hometown.” The Belfast menorah lighting is unique in midcoast Maine but the celebration joins in the spirit of communities across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the menorah and its symbolic lights. “We hope that many community members will come and participate, and welcome all faiths to share and celebrate,” said Our Town Belfast’s Executive Director Breanna Pinkham Bebb. For a complete listing of holiday events, please visit ourtownbelfast.org or belfastcreativecoalition.org.