If all goes as planned, at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, 35 miles of Baja's coastline will be illuminated by hundreds of wish lanterns during what organizers Debbie Shine and Robin Mackenzie say will be the largest "mob art" event in the region's history. The friends came up with Shine on Baja to shed light on the region after years of negative press and its impact on small businesses.
Shine is a full-time Baja resident and interior designer; McKenzie owns a video-production company and divides her time between Mexico and the States.
Several "points of light"—or safe launching zones for the biodegradable, mini hot-air balloons to float out to sea—are being organized at restaurants and hotels from Tijuana to Ensenada. There'll be food, drink and room specials, McKenzie says, and some businesses are even providing the lanterns (bajaparty.com.mx).
The 4-foot-tall, glycerin-fueled lanterns cost $2 to $4 and can be purchased online (wishlantern.com). They'll stay aloft for 12 minutes, McKenzie says, providing a dramatic display in the sky for miles.
Shine says they've been practicing in small groups, and, hopefully, the wind will blow in the right direction. Find out where to meet up and get details on the after-party at Hotel Castillos Del Mar on the website or Facebook page (facebook.com/ShineOnBaja).