Lu­mi­nary night bright­ens Christ­mas spirit in Windy Hills

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­[email protected]­pub.com

The neigh­bor­hood of Windy Hills was aglow Satur­day night as the com­mu­nity hosted its an­nual lu­mi­nar y night.

Res­i­dents lined the streets with thou­sands of lu­mi­nar­ies – white paper bags il­lu­mi­nated with a vo­tive can­dle – and many houses were decked out in lights and other dec­o­ra­tions.

The evening took on a block party feel, with neigh­bors strolling around to see the dec­o­ra­tions, and some res­i­dents of­fer­ing hot choco­late and other re­fresh­ments to passersby.

The tra­di­tion dates back at least 30 years and was founded by the late Char­lie Shaw, who headed the civic as­so­ci­a­tion for many years. Plan­ning for lu­mi­nary night starts shortly after Thanks­giv­ing. The civic as­so­ci­a­tion buys the bags and can­dles, and vol­un­teers count them out be­fore street cap­tains dis­trib­ute the dec­o­ra­tions. Each of the 375 houses in Windy Hills gets 10 lu­mi­nar­ies, with cor­ner prop­er­ties re­ceiv­ing more.

“It’s been quite a won­der­ful tra­di­tion over the years,” JoAnne Shaw said last year. “You get a feel­ing of to­geth­er­ness and ca­ma­raderie. It’s re­ally quite beau­ti­ful.”

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Neigh­bors ad­mire the lights at Bill Ste­ward’s home in Windy Hills on Satur­day night dur­ing the com­mu­nity’s an­nual lu­mi­nary night.

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