October 15th is National Remembrance Day for families who have experienced the death of a baby. In observance of this day, and in honor of all the babies that are so deeply loved and missed, Sweet Pea Project is holding its 3rd Annual Remembrance Gathering. This event is free and open to the community, but registration is requested. Registration will remain open until October 14, but parents who register before October 1st will receive two complimentary Remembrance T Shirts. Register online and learn more about this event at www.sweetpeaproject.org/remember.
The Remembrance Gathering will be held in the grassy field in front of the amphitheater at Long’s Park in Lancaster at 6pm. Guests are encouraged to arrive between 5:00-5:30. During that time, volunteers will be handing out biodegradable balloons and compostable seed paper. Come early to ensure time to write a small note to your baby, which will be placed in the balloon before inflation. After the balloons burst, the notes will fall and be reclaimed by the earth. Eventually wildflowers will sprout from the love letters written to our children.
We have taken precautions to make sure that this is an eco-friendly event. For this reason we must insist that guests do not bring their own balloons. Biodegradable sap-based balloons, all natural vegetable dyed raffia and compostable seed paper will be provided.
The evening will include live music from Bobbi Carmitchell and Bill Bayly. Bobbi Carmitchell is a renowned singer/songwriter from Lancaster County who has released many recordings and toured all across the country. She played during Sweet Pea Project’s 1st Annual Remembrance Gathering in 2010 and her music added so much warmth and depth to the evening, we are so grateful that she’ll be joining us again this year. Learn more about her music at www.bobbicarmitchellmusic.com and arrive early to hear her play from 5pm until 6pm. Bill Bayly, a guitarist from Maryland who has been playing for 20 years in several bands and collectives of musicians, will play at 6pm as names are read and balloons are released. Bill’s performance will be dedicated to his firstborn daughter, Sophie Salome, who would be turning 7 years old two weeks after the Remembrance Gathering.
Several other Sweet Pea Project affiliated balloon releases will be happening across the country this evening in places such as Washington, North Carolina, Montana and Illinois.
Sweet Pea Project, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that offers comfort, support and gentle guidance to families who have experienced the death of a baby, was founded by Lancaster County resident Stephanie Paige Cole after the death of her only daughter, Madeline. To learn more about Sweet Pea Project please visit www.sweetpeaproject.org.