NATURE'S COASTAL HOLIDAY
December 21, 2001 11:00 pm
Crustaceans and painted rocks are illuminated by black lights. ().
Crustaceans and painted rocks are illuminated by black lights. ().

If one wants to know how the town of Brookings feels about Natures Coastal Holiday, they have only to glance at the guest book.

The book sits inside the gazebo at the top of the hill in Azalea Park, surrounded by the dazzling light display. Visitors to the park sign their name and write in comments:

Love it my favorite place.

Better every year.

Awesome!

Wow!!

I love them all.

What a wonderful treat.

Gotta love it!

Helen and Von Summers visited the light show for the first time Thursday night.

Way impressive, Helen said. Weve been living here for 12 years, and this is the first time weve been here.

Its very beautiful, Von added.

The holiday light show at Azalea Park is now in its fifth year, and continues to grow as more displays are added.

A community effort makes the show possible; most of the light-covered sculptures are created by Brookings-Harbor High School students in metal shop. Public Works crews and volunteers set up the displays. Azalea Middle School students painted the bright neon rocks featured in the undersea display.

Employees of businesses take turns manning the ticket and refreshment booths each night throughout the shows duration.

Out-of-town visitors said they are often surprised by the detail and amount of work put into the display for such a small town.

Unfortunately, this year attendance has been down because of the rain and wind, city officials said. One night the show had to close down because of inclement weather for the first time since it began.

The display will continue each night from 5 to 9 through Dec. 30 and costs $1 for adults. Children are admitted for free.

The guest book will likely continue to collect comments by visitors who are obviously happy they took the time out to stroll through the colorful light display:

Thanks for the pretty walk.

An experience for the eyes.

I look forward to it more and more every year.