The next day when I saw him, he was not the same at all.
His hat had slipped, his arms drooped down,
he really looked a fright.
It made me start to wonder, what do snowmen do at night?”
“Snowmen at Night”
by Mark Buehner and Caralyn Buehner
Like those rambunctious snowmen who wander off lawns to play games and sled in the classic children’s book quoted above, Bright Lights has become something that has taken on a life of its own.
From humble beginnings, the lighting extravaganza has become a valley staple. Scores of home and business owners have signed on. We’re very excited to see what sort of creative lighting exhibitions folks come up with this year.
The key to making an event like Bright Lights work is participation. In this case, many were already decorating their businesses and homes for the holidays. So why not formalize it, expand it, and make it fun for participants and gawkers alike? We have similar events that have come together, like the Blueberry Festival, that end up being more than the sum of their parts.
Kudos to the organizers for having the vision and perseverance to carry through and make Bright Lights into what it is. We know it’s not always easy, and help isn’t always there. But when an event or organization truly makes it to the point where it’s successful and sustainable, it’s a job well done by all.
So now, around the valley, we know exactly what snowmen (and women) do at night. They brighten up the short days of December and get everyone in a festive mood for the holidays.