Rock Run Estates celebrates holidays with luminarias
— 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
“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.
Santa Claus gets help from Water Witch Fire Company to hand out candy canes Saturday night at Rock Run Estates.