The band near the tiki bar put down their guitars as more than 100 people gathered on the beach at Little Harbor to light up the sky for the Mary & Martha House. For the second week, Sunset Grill at Little Harbor has offered completely biodegradable lanterns to their customers for $3, with all of the proceeds going towards the Ruskin-based women’s shelter.
The crowd cheered as the first lantern heated up and slowly raised into the sky, soon appearing as a bright star in the northeastern sky. Dozens more lanterns soon followed, creating a hush among the locals and vacationers gathered as they watched the lanterns light up the sky. A few of the lanterns had names written on them, apparently in memory or support of a loved one.
The event will take place every Friday night at 9 p.m., weather permitting. For information about the Sunset Grill, visit www.sunsetgrillfl.com. For information about the Mary & Martha House, visit www.marymarthahouse.org.