Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show

The night before Jonathan's birthday, a group of us went to dinner (at Arirang) and then to Shady Brook to see the holiday lights show. Shady Brook is the same farm that we've gone to for a few other events, including the Saturday night concerts and ice cream.

The holiday light show is a really big event. We can see part of it as we drive by, but there are around two miles of "track" that you drive through to see everything. We were fortunate in that we had a coupon (it's $20-25 a carload depending on the night you go) and that we were the final car of the night so we weren't rushed at all. We didn't know quite what to expect, but the locals are all over this place. It causes tons of traffic on the weekend evenings, and it's been taking place annually for fifteen years now. There is a ton of history, and they have some employees who work on the lights all year long, between designing new ones and stuff.

I took over 100 photos during the 15-minute drive, and about 70 of them came out well. This should be an indication that this place was pretty awesome, LoL. I uploaded the 70 to my facebook (that link shouldn't require a log-in).

this greeted you at the start of the journeythere were a lot of advertisements for local places, like wineries and companies and even the local trash pickup. But I thought this one was cool.
one of the biggest displays is for the 12 Days of Christmas. this is 3 of the 4 calling birds
here's one of the eight maids-a-milking
and a few of the twelve drummers drumming
each year they add new exhibits... this year they added an underwater scene and a surfing Santa
this underwater scene is seriously like 100 feet long!!there are also a lot of popular characters, like SpongeBob
and The Grinch. and Dora.
there's also a section for nursery rhymes, like the old lady who lived in a shoe
and Humpty Dumpty. and Hey Diddle Diddlethere were flags and other Americana items, like the Statue of Liberty
and as you exited, you were sent off in style

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