Kim Hudson: Community comes together to aid Winter Wonderland of Lights

This year will mark the 10th year my family and I have helped light up the Salisbury City Park the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  We, along with a couple hundred other people, will enjoy the holiday spirit and celebrate community.

The Winter Wonderland of Lights display has truly been a labor of love. In 2005 funding ran out for this community tradition and our park sat dark that year. I remember feeling so sad that many traditions in Salisbury had ended; the Fourth of July fireworks, the Fireman’s Muster and Winter Wonderland – and I wanted more for my children and this community that we call home.

No one ever really knows what is involved in a project when they volunteer for it. You just do what needs to be done because you have a passion for it. Winter Wonderland of Lights may seem a small, insignificant holiday light display to many. It’s free – so it isn’t generating any tourism dollars. It’s relatively small – so it isn’t competing (or even trying to compete) with other area holiday displays.

But for me, it represents the heart of a community – this community – which makes it that much more significant and special.

Keeping a park lit during the holidays, coming together for a family friendly, free lighting ceremony is what community is all about. It helps put the focus on what is most important – the people.

Winter Wonderland of Lights has been funded by area businesses and last year some of the aging displays were refurbished. Thanks to a group of wonderful volunteers, countless hours were spent re-wiring and upgrading the displays to LED lights.

Many of you may be familiar with a long standing light display – one of the original mascots of Wicomico County – Wicomico Woody. This year we are so excited to bring you a new light display to join Wicomico Woody. Another local mascot will be in our park thanks to the generosity and partnership of Salisbury University.

That’s right. Wicomico Woody will welcome his friend Sammy Seagull to the park.

And in true community spirit we will introduce you to a new project called Warm 4 You, which plans to wrap the trees in the park this Winter with scarves for homeless and others in need. You can help by bringing a scarf to donate.

So please join us for our 10th Annual Winter Wonderland of Lights Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.. This year we are pleased to present dancing by Feet of Fire Dance Academy, singing by Zoe Sheller and a musical performance by Rachel Bailey & Jackson Desjardins. Santa will visit so be sure to bring a camera. Coffee, hot chocolate and goodies will be for sale from Holly Hill Homemade Goods.

We are so fortunate to have wonderful sponsors and we’d like to thank Alarm Engineering, Pool Tech, The Bank of Delmarva and The Philip and Barbara Long Family Foundation, Delmarva Veteran Builders and Quantico Creek Sod Farm. We’d also like to thank the City of Salisbury for all their support and the Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department.

I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving. Then come to the park on Saturday, Nov. 28th with your family and friends and join us as we kick off the Christmas season. You can find more information online at facebook.com/events/193975797603541/.

Contact Kim Hudson at tkhudson@comcast.net.

 

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