It is with such sadness to announce that this Tuesday, December 23rd, will be the last night for the Braintree Lights. Over the last 10 years, we have continued to grow the display and even added multiple houses to the show. The neighbors looked forward to getting the lights up and running and to see how animated it could be. It was always fun to get a lift and drive it around seeing how high we can go. It was a celebrated event to get the friends together for the “grand unveiling” each year.
In the same 10 years, our neighborhood grew from 10 houses to 25. Unfortunately, over the past few weeks, the traffic has become such a problem; we have collectively decided to shut down the show. For the most part, we have thousands of cars that come through weekly to enjoy the show, but the street can no longer handle the amount of traffic.
Getting the light show ready starts in June. In my garage, I start building new light features, programming the software, and testing last year’s strands. After Halloween, the lights start going up. It takes a month worth of weekends to get everything out onto the lawn and a few nights during the week double and triple checking each song. What we are going to remember is that all of the work is worth it when we see the busses from retirement homes come by, or little kids getting out of their car to get their picture taken in front of one of the houses. The last three years we even sold hot cocoa to benefit Prayers for Charlotte and raised more than $1,000 each year. We won’t miss running around trying to find which plug is causing the GFCIs to trip, which shuts the lights off, but we did appreciate the challenge.
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