Rock Run Es­tates cel­e­brates hol­i­days with lu­mi­nar­ias

Cecil Whig - - A••END A FREE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— The most ba­sic of hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions lighted the way as res­i­dents of Rock Run Es­tates wel­comed vis­i­tors Saturday night.

More than 1,100 lu­mi­nar­ias were set in place along Arthur Av­enue and Ni­cholas Alexander Drive near Port De­posit by res­i­dents of the sub­di­vi­sion off Lib­erty

PORT DE­POSIT

Grove Road.

“Our home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tion has been do­ing this for years now,” said Iris Thorpe as she moved along the edge of her Arthur Av­enue prop­erty, light­ing the vo­tive can­dle and plac­ing it in a sand-filled white pa­per bag.

Mark Huller, an­other Rock Run res­i­dent, said the home­own­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion pro­vides all the can­dles, bags and sand as part of the fees res­i­dents pay.

Michelle Ward holds fond mem­o­ries of the now 11-year-old tra­di­tion.

“It gets bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery year,” Ward said.

The pub­lic is in­vited to drive through and view the lights the sec­ond Saturday in De­cem­ber.

“Only one year got rained out,” Ward noted.

Orig­i­nally a tra­di­tion in­tro­duced by Euro­pean mis­sion­ar­ies in Mex­ico, lu­mi­nar­ias be­gan as bon­fires sym­bol­i­cally light­ing the way for Mary and Joseph to find lodg­ing so Je­sus could be born. The tra­di­tion evolved in some com­mu­ni­ties to lanterns or can­dles in bags.

Adding to the hol­i­day magic, Water Witch Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany comes out with one of its fire trucks and helps Santa Claus hand out candy canes.

“That’s my fa­vorite part,” said Alea Thorpe, 10.

Santa walked the route greet­ing vis­i­tors and pos­ing for pho­tos.

A good na­tured com­pe­ti­tion be­tween neigh­bors is why sev­eral yards in Rock Run Es­tates near Port De­posit have over-the-top Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions. Each year the dsi­plays along Ni­cholas Alexander Drive get larger, ac­cord­ing to other res­i­dents of the sub­di­vi­sion off Lib­erty Grove Road.

CE­CIL WHIG PHO­TOS BY JANE BELLMYER

Santa Claus gets help from Water Witch Fire Com­pany to hand out candy canes Saturday night at Rock Run Es­tates.

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