dims the lights
This year a familiar Christmas
light display in Versailles that draws thousands will not be lit.
I hate to quit it - but, I just cant do it,
Joe Day told the Osgood Journal. Day is the owner and creator
of the spectacular Christmas lights that have literally drawn
guests from nearly every state and abroad to his home located
near US 50 and US 421 (formerly known as the Wye).
This year Day is battling lung cancer and told the Osgood Journal
he just couldnt do it anymore.
He has handmade numerous little wooden houses that have animated,
lighted figures, is famous for the flying lighted reindeer and
sleigh carrying Santa Claus up to the chimney, and a giant bell
that swings in the breeze, lights twinkling and much more.
Thousands of lights were strung from the roof top of the Day home,
on the massive evergreens to every point on the property - all
to say Merry Christmas to everyone.
It does cost a little extra for electricity, Day told
the newspaper in a previous interview. But, it was his way of
giving something to the community.
It took him months to get ready. Really, Day never quit working
on the masterpiece that put Versailles on the Christmas map for
more than 30 years. All year long he would think of new additions,
or ways to make the old ones work better. He was like a little
elf himself painting and repairing items damaged from the weather
each year. And he was constantly thinking of new ideas.
Day says right now hes not quite sure where his massive
collection will end up - but, he hopes some group will take as
much of an interest as he has and keep it going.
While the lights are dimmed at his place this year, Day encourages
people to keep the Christmas spirit by giving to the American
Cancer Society. A special day is being planned to honor Days
service to the community on December 13. Watch for more details
in the local newspapers.