No one could ever be more proud than I to have my name attached to this year’s amazing valley-wide “Bright Lights” event. The event itself has been the silver lining to terrible tragedy in all of our towns and has made us shine like never before. But it wasn’t all accomplished by one person. There are far too many bright lights and elves to thank, you know who you are, from my committee who organized everything from artists to a craft fair, from town officials to town employees, from banner makers to firemen, from elves with and on man-lifts to elves at Rotary and the chamber of commerce, from elves who grow trees to elves who put up trees, from elves at The Deerfield Valley News to elves at WW and so many more.
But the brightest lights are the towns, the businesses, the schools, and the homeowners who have lit their properties with enthusiasm, abandon, and sheer joy. It is impossible to drive the roads of this valley at night and not smile or laugh or, like me, get a little teary-eyed at folks’ creativity and heartfelt participation. In the 40 years I have lived here I don’t ever remember such a united display of determination, courage, and commitment. It has truly been an honor and a wonder to watch. My hope is that the seed is firmly planted for Bright Lights to grow even more in future years and that it will continue to show the world that this valley, from Readsboro to Wardsboro, is not only here but united. And that our future is very bright. Lights will be up and viewable until at least January 1.