Thursday, December 13, 2012

Charity Lane

David and I always find new ways to enjoy the area around our mountain house. This year's surprise event is a seven mile stretch of road all lit up for Christmas.

Touted as "a community of Christmas lights, lighting the valley for all to see the way home," the drive showcasing these, in some cases, over the top lights was a combination of nostalgia and [dare I type it?] tacky, and you know, there's nothing wrong with "tacky" in moderation.

*wink, wink*

For a ten dollar donation, Christmas light lookers drive slowly on a windy road behind Rabun Gap Nacochee School and gawk to their heart's content -- as well as be thankful they're not the neighbor of the participant who has the song "Jingle Bell" at maximum level [perhaps to be heard at the road for lookers with their windows closed?] on loop for five and a half hours.

*wipes brow*

Known as Charity Lane, the thirty-two different sponsors who set up lights, light poles, volunteered, and, in some cases, donned costumes as well as manned stopping stations range from five different [IMHO -- adorable and sweet] churches to several food banks, Kiwanis and Lions' Club, Paws 4 Life [where they take donations of dog and cat food], Toys for Tots,  and Foxfire. Included in this are the property owners of Wolffork Valley who allow interlopers like us to stop and take pictures and stare at the lights adorned on their houses and barns -- as well as in two cases -- truck and boat.

Totally a festival for the eyes, David and I were glad that it happened to fall on one of our weekends in the mountains. :-)

 Right in the middle of this "drive," we're reminded of where we are... LOL.

Note: My lousy night time camera clicking does not do it justice, but I hope you can see a little of its playfulness.


  1. They look great to me Harriet...and I love that they donate to food banks and such! You are blessed!

  2. What a fun discovery. Got your card...Merry Christmas, friend.