Onset adds summer flare at annual Illumination Night

By Lydia Goerner | Jul 29, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner A fire dancer from Circus Dynamics prepares to juggle his flaming batons.

Thousands of red flares, some sparklers, light-up toys and fire dancers sparkled across Onset Beach Saturday night at the annual Illumination Night.

Illumination Night, one of the Onset Bay Association's many events of the summer, drew thousands of people to Onset to celebrate summer. The evening included a music parade featuring the Second Line Social Aid Pleasure Society Brass Band and a fire dancing performance by Circus Dynamics.

The main event came at 9 p.m., when the Onset Fire horn sounded and the flares were lit from Burgess Point to Shell Point.

Illumination Night has been an Onset tradition for over 100 years and brings many Wareham residents and visitors from out of town. The event was paid for in part by a Festivals Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

For information on upcoming Onset Bay Association events, visit www.onsetbay.org.

Thousands of red flares line Onset Beach for half an hour on Saturday night. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
The Second Line Social Aid Pleasure Society Brass Band heads down Onset Avenue. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
The fire dancing troupe performed on the beach after sunset. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Residents and tourists visited Onset Beach to see the waterfront illuminated. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Vendors sold light-up toys to add to the sparkling beach. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Onset Pier shone brightly Saturday night. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Comments (3)
Posted by: cranberry scoop | Jul 30, 2017 19:51


Posted by: desertsky | Jul 31, 2017 09:37

New to town..never been to this event but I'm going next year for sure!

Looks like alot of fun.

Posted by: barnstorm | Aug 03, 2017 10:51

Lots of overtime pay for the Onset Fire Dept. to fatten their wallets.

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