New light display in Waterville raising funds and Christmas cheer

Nancy Kelly
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Hugo Bouter was one of the volunteers who offered a welcome to the Apple Tree Foundation’s first-ever holiday light show, which debuted Dec. 13 on the grounds of the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Waterville. - Nancy Kelly, www.kingscountynews.ca

Many hands and many lights helped create the Apple Tree Foundation’s first-ever outdoor holiday light show, which debuted Dec. 13 on the grounds of the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Waterville.

 

“Lighting our path for a brighter tomorrow” features over 8,000 lights and music, laid out on a 400-foot walking path located out front of the centre. 

 

Foundation spokesperson Tarina Bambrick said the idea to host the holiday light show started coming together in the spring and involved many clients, staff and friends of the rehab facility.

 

“It has been a big undertaking,” said Bambrick, adding that clients from the Plank and Hammer workshop created the collection of holiday cutouts in the display. Expertise about creating the light show came from Mario LaRose, whose Nictaux property is well-known for its holiday light display.

 

Proceeds raised through the light show will go towards the KRRC’s greenhouse project, which will feature construction of a 30 by 96 foot greenhouse on the centre’s grounds. The project will offer vocational opportunities for 25 clients, as well as part-time opportunities for many others, and will be accessible to KRRC residents and the general public.

 

The show continues nightly from 6-8 p.m. until Dec. 22. Entry is by a minimum donation of $1 to the foundation. 

 

See a video from the light show HERE.

Organizations: Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre, Apple Tree Foundation

Geographic location: Waterville

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