On November 1 and 15, BISD middle and high school students spent their Saturday mornings helping to decorate Bindseil Park and the Pecan Bottom with Christmas lights. These students were all members of the Leo Club. The Leos are affiliated with the Blanco Lions Club. We appreciate these kids for helping KBB get ready to celebrate the Christmas lighting on the courthouse square on the night after Thanksgiving: Lauren Graham, Morgan Petri, Chandler Ashley, Dillon Luke, Natalie Stahmann, Kyle Maisano, Kristen Mancha, Eleanor Kirkscey, Christian Peyton, Echoe Burkhart, Annie Albrecht, Katy Petri, and three others.
The Keep Blanco Beautiful volunteers began decorating the parks and the city property for Christmas in 2000 and began working on a plan for a Trail of Lights in 2003. We have added a lot of lights and decorations over the years. We purchase the lights with donations and membership funds allocated to this project. We try to make it to the best Wal-Mart sales in San Antonio and Marble Falls after Christmas to get the best prices for lights. We have had to use extension cords from tree to tree and between scenes. This year, former Mayor Tina Gourley supported the plan for the Trail of Lights and approved upgrading the electrical boxes and burying the electric lines. The first phase of burying the electric lines was started the Friday before Thanksgiving and finished the day before Thanksgiving. When the weather clears up and warms up, we will be able to finish connecting all of the trees and lights.
My daughter, granddaughters, and I made our annual trip to the Emily Ann Theater Trail of Lights in Wimberley on Saturday night. It is an experience to spend a Christmas season evening there. You can enjoy plays by Wimberley youth, sitting around the Yule log, and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.
In 2000, they started with a scene placed by one business and now, on their ninth anniversary, have over 100 displays. It is an example of what can happen when a community works together to make something good happen. I would like to encourage anyone interested in helping KBB with the Trail of Lights to visit the Emily Ann Trail of Lights before Christmas. We look forward to working with the courthouse group and Chamber of Commerce with The Lavender Light Spectacular to help make sure that Blanco is listed in the Hill Country Trail of Lights tour guide and in the Hill Country Current Lights Spectacular publication in 2010.
As little as Blanco has, it takes a lot of work, so as we grow we will need more volunteers to help. If you are interested in being a part of putting Blanco on the Christmas Tour, please come and join us.