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You are invited to join in this community event celebrating light and hope in action!

Hope is believing in yourself, believing in others, and believing in your dreams. 

At its core, hope is an inspirational force that furthers your goals and dreams and helps you move toward them.  

People of all ages are encouraged to decorate a bag for the Bainbridge Hope Glows! event on Winslow Way on February 5th. Once lit with LED lights, these bags will become luminaria and will be put out on Winslow Way on February 5 for all to enjoy. Together we will share our gratitude, inspiration, struggles and silver linings.

We welcome your participation to make this event meaningful and successful. 

  1. Before February 1, please pick up a bag(s) to decorate at BYS, 8533 Madison Ave N, (on the porch for contactless pick-up) or at: BARN, Little Island Crafts, KidiMu, Red Cedar Cafe, Bengal Tree, The Kitchen Store, Heart and Soul, Z bones, Little Island Crafts, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, BI Senior Center and through BI Parks Department: Battle Point Park, Fay Bainbridge, Rotary Park, Grand Forest West. Other participating organizations include Peacock Family Services, Boys and Girls Club, BIMA, and Hyla Middle School.
  2. By February 1, please return your completed bag(s) to BYS. There is a labeled container on the front porch. 
  3. On Friday, February 5, 5:30 – 7:30pm, walk or drive by the businesses on Winslow Way to enjoy the beauty of what you helped create and be inspired by the messages of hope. Masks and physical distancing required.

Here are a few ideas for decorating your bag:

What inspires hope for you?  Label your bag:  Things that inspire hope for me.

  • Complete any or all of the prompts below. Then cut them out and attach them to your decorated bag. Or, just write directly on the bag.  
  • Choose your favorite medium to express what hope looks like for you. For drawing inspiration,  google “Zentangles” or look up luminaria on  Pinterest for endless ideas.

Remember, it might be soggy on February 5 so decorate accordingly. Your bag will glow best when light shines through it. Here are some water-resistant mediums to consider:

    • Acrylic paints used like watercolors  
    • Colored Sharpie permanent markers  
    • Tissue paper collage applied with glue and  covered with a layer of Mod Podge 
    • Stenciled design cut out with scissors  
    • All of the above!  


  • If you know someone who is struggling right now, what do you want to share with them? 
  • Right now I am thankful for…
  • For me, the toughest part of the pandemic has been…
  • The surprising silver lining is…

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”  ~ Desmond Tutu