Lend a hand for a Quincy Christmas tradition
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:11:34 GMT —
Quincy's Avenue of Lights celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.
What began as a small venture is now expanded into a massive community-driven Christmas display.
The Avenue of Lights display is a labor of love for John Groves and fellow volunteers.
"We're always thinking about what we could have done differently this year; what we could do differently next year," Groves said.
The Avenue of Lights began in 1999 as a small Quincy Chamber of Commerce venture. As it grew, Chamber volunteers like Groves came together to take it over forming a non-profit organization. And thanks to the imagination and creativity of those volunteers, it continues to expand across Moorman Park. Click here to hear more about the development of the Avenue of Lights from John Groves on KHQA This Morning.
Many of these lighted displays are made right here in Quincy. Volunteers find pictures of displays they like in coloring books, project them on a screen and trace them out using rope lights.
Click here to learn more about how the displays are created from KHQA This Morning.
"The steel is fabricated by hand, welded laying flat, then we paint them," Groves said. "We follow up by attaching bulbs."
In all, this display features more than 15 miles of lights created with more than 10,000 volunteered man-hours.
Work to erect the massive undertaking begins in the fall with the help of inmates at the Clayton Work Camp. But looking at it, it's hard to believe that it's a small core group and your donations that keeps it shining year after year.
Quincy's Avenue of Lights is asking for community volunteers to help build and refurbish the light display in the coming years.
People are needed, especially in the fall months to erect the acres of lights.
"Right now we're working with just three hands on volunteers and to be honest we need volunteers," Groves said. "We need help Quincy; we need help."
Click here to learn more about what type of volunteers are needed at the Avenue of Lights.
Along the two-mile loop, there are four animated tunnels. New this year the Old Man Winter display blows a beautiful white blanket across the Park. Also see the areaâ??s tallest Christmas Tree towering 50 feet in the air, dazzling guests with unique colorations and animation.
The Avenue of Lights is open from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every night until New Years Day night.
It is $9 a carload. Click here for details from KHQA This Morning.
No vehicles larger than 15 passenger vans will be permitted to avoid damage to park roads.