It all started in 2015, with the Impactometer. Jay Carter, from Evergreen, came to a Stinson Community Association meeting to tell us about 100in1 Day.
Quoting directly from the website, "100In1Day Hamilton is part of a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities. It provides residents with a platform to showcase their ideas aimed to spark change in their communities."
With the support of Jay, our Community Developer Lyna Saad, a couple of grandchildren, and some random passersby, we initiated the first Fireflies in the Forest the evening of Saturday, June 6, 2015.
In 2016, we branched out (ha!) into Stop and Smell the Flowers, where we transformed stop signs into flowers, in hopes that drivers would come to a full stop when they see those red octagons.
In 2017, we moved even further afield, participating in the first Corktown Park Solstice Festival by lighting up underneath the Claremont Access.
In 2018 we lit up the old Target store on Barton Street and the Young Street rail bridge. We also added yarn art to a few pillars and a fence or two. And we built a really cool prize wheel.
In 2019 we were rained out on the first Saturday in June. Which worked to our advantage, as it meant we were prepared to set up Fireflies for a performance by versaCello under the Clairmont overpass which was filmed for TVO's The Life-Sized City, which aired on Sunday, October 18, 2020.
Header picture thanks to Rachel Weldrick.