Symphony students band together to sell thousands of luminarias | KOB 4

Symphony students band together to sell thousands of luminarias

Paul Reilly
December 16, 2017 09:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Luminarias are a common sight across New Mexico during the holiday season, and a uniquely southwestern tradition.


The brown bags filled with sand can be made at home, but it can be a time-consuming process.

That's why hundreds of New Mexicans opted to save time by buying them from the Albuquerque Youth Symphony.

For the past 36 years, symphony students have made and sold hundreds luminarias as a fundraiser.

"We ask each one of our nearly 500 students and their families to fold 25-dozen bags," said Norlynn Blocker Price, the executive director. "We do the traditional double fold one inch cuff on each bag, so they—it takes some time."

Student volunteers assembled the luminarias last week.

"It's nice because your friends are here so you get to work a lot with your friends," volunteer Olivia Salter said.

The money raised from the luminaria sales help keep the symphony going for another year by paying for staff, performance venues and music.


Paul Reilly

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