STUDENTS CONSTRUCT HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS

November 22, 2000 12:00 am

Stephen Kucharskis engineering class at Brookings-Harbor High School has been busy as bees building flowers and creatures for a new attraction at the holiday light festival to be held Dec. 8 through 31, at Azalea Park.

The sculptures are for a whole new section in the park The Enchanted Garden sponsored by Flora Pacifica and Dr. Wayne Frostad and his wife Jo.

Mike Tyler designed and built a giant dragonfly while Brian Field, Cole LaFazio and Michael Parke fabricated lighted flowers for the garden.

In the Public Works shops at the wastewater treatment plant, Equipment Operator Bob Schaefer has fashioned a mate for the bull elk that towered over the light festival last year. And if theres time he plans to build an elk calf.

Volunteers have set Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, for decorating walkways, sculptures, bushes and trees for the 4th annual Natures Coastal Holiday.

Last years festival of arts drew 14,518 visitors to Azalea Park and Brookings Harbor from 26 countries, 32 states, 104 Oregon cities and 453 total communities.

The great thing about the light festival, says co-founder Keith Pepper, is that it happens at night. People from out of town tend to stay the night and remain for a few days.

Pepper and Olivia Abbott designed the light festival after the Shore Acres light show near Charleston.

Its the more than 100 volunteers groups and individuals who annually give their time 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.

A total of 15,000 cookies and 308 gallons of cider were served during last years festival which raised more than $10,000 for local community programs.Admission remains at $1 per person and children 12 and under are free.

Volunteers and groups who wish to host nights at the festival should call Gail Hedding at (707) 464-8511 or Ken Raith, 469-5557.

Entertainers can contact Olivia Abbott, 469-0157.

Donations can be sent to Natures Coastal Holiday, 516 Redwood Street, Brookings.