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Mott Park Lantern Festival begins Sunday

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FLINT (WJRT) -

(06/12/13) - A new art and music festival is about to cast a bright light over Flint's Mott Park neighborhood.

Sunday is the first ever Mott Park Lantern Festival.

"I don't think anyone around here has seen something like what we're going to be doing here this weekend. It's going to be a complete spectacle,"  said Eric Hinds, Mott Park Lantern Festival director. "It's a lot like the movie Tangled. We're going to light the whole golf course up with lanterns that are going to go flying off with all of our hopes and imagination for the city, and it's just going to be a wonderful event."

Those lanterns were grounded and deflated on Wednesday. Fog and humidity prevented an early morning test flight.

"Yeah, the tissue paper is a little bit damp. It's a little muggy outside right now," Hinds said.

The event was dreamed up by Eric Hinds, a member of Imagine Flint. He's also the city's Artist in Residence for Ward 6.

"It's all part of the master planning process to make sure that arts and culture are integrated as a big part of our community going forward," he said.

One of his goals is to help breath new life into the golf course, which despite plans to reopen it, hasn't been in operation since 2010.

"We're trying to get as many people down here as we possibly can to show people that yes, the space is still here," Hinds said.

While it will probably be quite some time until the golf course is back up and running, Sunday's Lantern Festival is one of many summertime events that the Mott Park Neighborhood Association has planned.

"There's Art in the Park, Music in the Parks, and we're just trying to keep everyone active in the community and utilize our green spaces for great community events," Hinds said.

The Mott Park Lantern Festival begins at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

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