The annual “Glow Show” returns to Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., for the third time Friday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. This All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH) event celebrates traditions from around the world that light up winter's darkness.

The lower level of Waterfall Arts will go dark for the night, so guests can "oooh" and "aaah" their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine. The most popular components of earlier “Glow Shows” will be in place including a beverage bar of illuminated seltzer; sand drawing on a light table; collaborative psychedelic mandala coloring under black light; and, of course, more Lite-Brites than one can shake a glow stick at.

New this year is an expanded Gallery of Glow Art, which highlights event creator Bridget Matros' hidden illuminated worlds, backlit paper-cuttings and the Dinosaur Playground — joined by black light posters, lit dioramas and other works created by local young artists. There are rumors of a performance piece on the stage perhaps shadow puppetry or a Daft Punk-style dance routine.

A few changes are more technical: Matros wants to bring the room lights down even more than last year, to get a more intense glowing effect from the black lights.

"We were disappointed by a bunch of stuff we made using expensive glow pigments, like our ‘galaxy dough’ … then, while we were cleaning up, some dropped under the table and it was glowing like crazy! There was too much ambient light for the full effect I'm looking for," she said.

Past “Glow Shows” have not been short on the wow factor; last year, about a hundred people attended and the refrain, "this is AWESOME!!" was heard again and again throughout the night. Hours have been shifted later to make sure the "grown-up kids" get a chance to stop in while making their Friday night rounds. None will be disappointed.

Tickets at the door are $3; any additional donations are welcome. The “Glow Show” is recommended for those age 7 and uoldre, with parental supervision required – stay and play.

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play. AAAH events and other youth and family outreach programs are made possible by grants, sponsorships and donations. To learn more, visit and check out its Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or