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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Oberlin College Illumination

In 1860, to celebrate the election of Abraham Lincoln, Oberlin College held their first Illumination. Years later, in 1903, to celebrate the inauguration of Oberlin College President Henry Churchill King, Illumination not only became an annual tradition... started incorporating Japanese lanterns.

(Thanks, Frederick O. Grover!)

I was looking forward to seeing Tappan Square all lit up...

...but Mother Nature began teasing us with other possible scenarios.

Fortunately, with some artistic Oberlin anti-rain dancing...

...we were spared the rain to celebrate in colorful light...

...and various pies.

For $3 a piece...

...I was sure to pass out some pie action for a bite or two in return.

And, of course, I got some for myself as well (although they did run out of the sweet potato crunch).

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