and photo by Bill Schlichting
Volunteers have adorned Azalea Park with 300,000 lights to create Nature's Coastal Holiday, an event that has taken place in the park since 1997.
The show will continue from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly until Dec. 31. Admission is $1. Entrance booths are at the parking lots off Old County Road. Proceeds from admissions help pay the cost of adding more lights to the show.
New displays this year include an eagle grabbing some fish in its claws. This and other light sculptures are the creations of Brookings-Harbor High School metal shop students. Also new are wysteria blossoms hanging from the ceiling of the gazebo. The blossoms, made from strings for lights, are often mistaken for grape clusters.
Volunteers from throughout the community helped string the lights, and continue to man the entrance booths and refreshment stand. Free hot cider and cookies are served at the concession stand near the band shell.