Christ­mas spirit shines bright in Black Duck Cove

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

Santa will have no trou­ble find­ing the home of Sandy and Mary Fran­cis of Black Duck Cove.

The cou­ple can spend any­where from five to eight weeks com­plet­ing their Christ­mas light dis­play, which con­tains ap­prox­i­mately 50,000 lights.

“Ev­ery since I met him and we moved here, I used to say… one of those years I’m gonna have her lit right up,” said Mary.

“And he said ‘yes one of those years dear we’ll get her lit up… and we started.”

The cou­ple’s collection now takes up three sheds, and they are not done yet, they are al­ways on the look­out for some­thing unique to their dis­play.

They nor­mally start putting things in place af­ter Re­mem­brance Day and leave it up un­til the first week of Jan­uary.

All eyes are on the cou­ples home this time of year as res­i­dents of Burin and sur­round­ing ar­eas ea­gerly await the light­ing of the cou­ples Christ­mas light dis­play.

“I went to Marys­town one day and this women looked at me she said, ‘You’re the women who has all the lights up in Black Duck Cove aren’t ya?’ I said, ‘Yup,’” ex­plained Mary.

“She said, ‘Would you do me a fa­vor when you’re light­ing it up can you post it on Face­book so we know it’s go­ing to be lit up?’”

Mary said they lit their dis­play the Satur­day fol­low­ing the light­ing of the tree at the Burin town hall on Dec 1.

“I posted on Face­book for all those peo­ple that wanted me to put this on Face­book, I’m light­ing up my house tonight so you’re wel­come to come by and see it — it just went wild,” she said. “The road was cov­ered, peo­ple were wait­ing for on crowd to leave for the other crowd to come.

“I said it’s amaz­ing San, their out there, I said I bet you the town coun­cil didn’t have such a show up as we’re hav­ing tonight.”

The Fran­cis’ love the en­joy­ment their dis­play brings to oth­ers year af­ter year, not­ing that there is al­ways some­one pass­ing by to have a look at the lights.

“It never stops here by’, you can’t go out on the step, you can’t even go out around the door there is al­ways some­one there,” said Sandy with a laugh, who came in from out­side where he was pre­par­ing for a hunt­ing trip the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

“I was down around (back) putting the canon aboard (and) I’d say there’s a half a dozen cars af­ter com­ing and stop­ping right in the drive­way.”

Their dis­play started with a Merry Christ­mas sign built by Sandy, and over the years they have seen it grow piece by piece.

“My hus­band went down in the store — I was preg­nant on my first one and he made the Merry Christ­mas sign — the one that’s on the fence,” Mary said. “Most of it is LED now but my Merry Christ­mas sign I keep him sep­a­rate be­cause he’s been in the fam­ily a long, long time.”

Sandy and Mary Fran­cis in front of part of their dis­play just as the snow started fall­ing.

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