Candle history and crafts offered on Family Sunday at FPL’s Energy Encounter

May 25, 2006
Candle history and crafts offered on Family Sunday at FPL’s Energy Encounter

HUTCHINSON ISLAND, Fla. -- Florida Power & Light Company invites families to explore early candles and lamps in “Lighting the World Before Electricity” on Sunday, June 4 at the Energy Encounter. Two fun-filled and informative sessions are planned for 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the center located at the St. Lucie nuclear power plant on Hutchinson Island.

Dressed in 1880s period dress, Savanna Preserve State Park’s Tasha Weinstein will compare life of today with that of 100 years ago. Featuring ancient lamps, a variety of candle making methods and the process of making wicked candles, Tasha will showcase reproductions of early lamps and candles. She will also demonstrate how some lamps were lit, and then light some of the candle samples to showcase the distinctive and interesting smells of each.

Following the presentation, participants will make a primitive Canaan oil lamp and a rolled beeswax candle to take home as mementoes of the experience. Performances are free but reservations are requested. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-FPL-4FUN (1-877-375-4386) or (772) 468-4111.

In addition to the hands-on activities, “Perplexing Puzzles” will be open for the Energy Encounter summer tour. This exhibit, offers 20 challenges for puzzle enthusiasts of all ages. Designed to sharpen problem-solving skills, “Perplexing Puzzles” will provide fun for families and for individuals of all ages.

Visitors can take self-guided tours of the Energy Encounter which features 30 hands-on displays on energy, electricity, nuclear power and the environment. The center is designed for all ages. FPL will also open its College of Turtle Knowledge for visitors on Family Sunday. For more information on FPL’s Energy Encounter and the calendar of special events call toll free at 1-877-FPL-4FUN or visit us on the web at

Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL), nationally known as a high quality, efficient and customer-driven organization focused on energy-related products and services. With annual revenues of more than $10 billion and a growing presence in 26 states, FPL Group is widely recognized as one of the country's premier power companies. Florida Power & Light Company serves 4.3 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group's wholesale electricity generating subsidiary is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at, and