The Canine Memorial at Lake Baldwin is a one-of-kind event that brings together animal lovers to celebrate the bond between human and "man's best friend". Through the use of music, lantern dedication, and other activities, this memorial helps attendees support one another as they come to terms with the loss of their beloved canine companions.
This year’s event differs from previous years in that the entire ceremony will take place at Harbor Park.
As in previous years, we respectfully request that attendees refrain from bringing their dogs.
Please reserve your lantern to guarantee availability, absentee lanterns available as well. For more information: contact Jannette at 561-577-7050 or info@FloatingLanternMemorials.com
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is there an admission fee involved? No, all of our events are free to the public. However, to participate in the lantern floating you should reserve a lantern before the event, otherwise, we cannot guarantee there will be a lantern for you the day of the event.
May I bring my dog? We respectfully request that you do not bring your dog. Please understand that we aim to encourage a connection among animal lovers that have lost their companions, therefore bringing dogs to the event is not encouraged. The night is about honoring our departed companions, not the ones we are lucky enough to still have with us.
Where can I park? There are several parking areas around the community, as well as three main parking lots. (see diagram)
Also, attendants of the event will be able to park at the Fairwinds Credit Union parking lot and the Cuhachi & Peterson (CDLP) parking lot (located behind Fairwinds Credit Union) and either walk or take a free shuttle to the Village Center. The shuttle is being supplied by ZOM, the developer of a project under construction until their parking garages are completed. The shuttle will run between the Village Center at the corner of Jake Street and New Broad Street and the two close-by parking locations. This is a service being offered on a regular basis and is not, in anyway, part of this event. Please note: The shuttle will not take patrons anywhere else within Baldwin Park.
Will the event take place rain or shine? Yes. Any rain delays will be communicated via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Where do I pick up my lantern? Lanterns will be available for pick up in the registration area (former Lago Restaurant) the day of the event. Please bring a printed copy of the receipt as proof of payment in order to receive your lantern(s).
I cannot be there to personally float a lantern, can I still participate? Yes, you can order an absentee lantern, and request to have your remembrances written onto it by a volunteer. It will set it afloat for you the night of the event. You must select Absentee Lantern if you are choosing this option! **Please reserve before the deadline.
What should I bring? If you are floating a lantern, bring a 5″ x 7″ photocopy of a picture of your beloved pet companion to be attached to it. You are welcome to bring a picture of yourself and your beloved to be placed on our memorial wall as well. Art supplies for lantern decoration will be provided. Please note: Heavy decorations make the lanterns tilt when placed in the water and therefore, will not be allowed.
Can I bring my own lantern to float? Out of concern for the safety of the participants and the environment, outside lanterns will not be allowed. Our lanterns had to be pre-approved, due to Fire Department’s restrictions.
Do you use real candles? No, for the safety of the environment and all those involved, we have decided to use flickering LED lights instead. They have the same effect, plus they stay lit for hours, making them easier to find when it’s time to retrieve the lanterns from the lake.
What happens to the lanterns after the ceremony? Every single lantern will be retrieved from the water right after the event and a volunteer crew will check again the following morning. Some of the wooden parts will be cleaned and stored for future usage, while all the sleeves with the dedicated remembrances will be removed and handled in a proper and respectful way.
Last year the sleeves were collected and given to Orlando artist Linda Brant who during this years' event, will invite the public to participate in an interactive art project entitled 'Mourned and Unmourned.' Brant created a series of collages from the paper remnants to represent the canine companions that we have mourned. To represent the ‘unmourned,’ Brant will invite attendees to help her hang 1583 dog tags inscribed with the word ‘Unknown,’ on site at Harbor Park. Why 1583 tags? “According to Orange County Animal Services,” said Brant, “there were 1583 dogs euthanized at their facility in 2014. By hanging a tag with the word ‘Unknown’ for each of these dogs, I hope to call attention to the forgotten ones that die each year and to encourage people to consider adopting dogs from shelters such as OCAS.” At the conclusion of the ceremony, participants will be encouraged to take home a dog tag from the art display (free of charge) as a memento. If you wish to know more about the artist and her amazing work, visit: http://www.lindabrant.net/
Is Floating Lantern Memorials a non-profit? No, Floating Lantern Memorials, Inc. is a special events company created with the purpose of organizing collective pet memorials in our communities. Ten percent of the lantern sale proceeds this year will benefit Harbor House of Central Florida's Paws for Peace Kennel.
Thank you so much for your interest. We hope you can join us!
DISCLAIMER: All participants understand that Floating Lantern Memorials, Inc., has no control over unforeseen events nor will be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage to any person or property that may occur as a result.