NATURE'S COASTAL HOLIDAY OPENED DEC. 8

December 08, 2001 12:00 am
City employees Keith Chavez, left, and Bob Schaefer set up a wolf light sculpture at Azalea Park. ().
City employees Keith Chavez, left, and Bob Schaefer set up a wolf light sculpture at Azalea Park. ().

Thousands of sparkling colored lights on trees, shrubbery and animal sculptures will greet visitors to the fifth annual Natures Coastal Holiday light display at Azalea Park, which opened Dec. 8.

Organizers said this years light festival is bigger and better than ever with additional wire and metal sculptures. The park will glow with 90,000-plus lights.

The festival is scheduled to run every night from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 30.

On Thursday, the sound of staple guns rang across the lawn at Azalea Park. Volunteer Ann Moore, balanced on top of a ladder at the gazebo, was busy attaching strings of Christmas lights in preparation for the weekend.

I hope these hold up in the wind, she said to her helper, Georgia Nowlin, who was handing light strings up the ladder.

What wind? Nowlin laughed.

The off and on drizzle Thursday didnt stop city workers from unloading truck after truck with wire sculptures covered with lights.

Scores of volunteers have given their time, talent, creativity and money to create a holiday wonderland in the park.

Volunteers have donated hundreds of hours to string lights on trees and shrubbery, decorate sculptures of birds, sharks, whales and other creatures, provide security, offer entertainment and host evenings during the festival.

Volunteers who work on the light festival earn approximately $2 per hour for their favorite charities. Receiving donations in previous years were Oasis House, Sole Mates (Walkathon), Relay for Life, Brookings-Harbor Youth Association, The Sarah Timeus Fund, the Curry County Coalition, Shriners Hospital, Soroptimists, and Southern Oregon Coastal Bed and Breakfast Association.

Donations can be sent to Natures Coastal Holiday, 516 Redwood St., Brookings, OR 97415.

Last years show pulled in more than 14,000 visitors, with the largest attendance on Christmas Eve.