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Light Up La Grange

Spectacular 25th anniversary
celebrated with lights

Courthouse show will be
the highlight to the festivities

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (December 2011) – When most people are experiencing spring fever in the warmer days of March, Mike Glover begins thinking about Christmas. This year, he will bring his detailed programming and light show to La Grange, Ky., to mark a special 25th anniversary celebration of Light Up La Grange.
“We just love Christmas,” said Glover of he and wife, Vonnie’s, passion for the holiday. Upon retirement, the couple moved in September from southern California to 7 1/2 acres in La Grange.
Glover said he found La Grange through an Internet search. “I read an article on the Internet about Oldham County being a better place to retire in. We moved on faith.”
Vonnie said that when they were both forced to retire because of changes in work, “we decided to go somewhere and enjoy life. We found seven acres for rent in La Grange and thought it would be a good way to start.”

Photos by Helen E. McKinney

Mike Glover, who loves to decorate
for Christmas, spends time putting
an array of lights on various
Christmas trees.

At their former home near San Diego, the couple usually decorated their home indoors and out in a big way for the holidays. “It took a lot of time, but the work was so rewarding,” she said. “We met so many nice people.”
The Glovers, both 66, entertained 35,000 to 40,000 visitors each year at their home in California, offering hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes in their backyard. They have appeared on TV and been voted the Best House in the nation by Better Homes & Garden because of their holiday light display.
Vonnie is originally from a small town in Minnesota. Mike hails from Detroit.
“I always loved Christmas as a kid,” he said. When he was 14 he had a paper route and would give his parents half of his earnings to purchase Christmas lights.
He now programs his holiday layout on computer.
“It’s amazing to see it all laid out on computer,” said Vonnie.
The couple are bringing their unique talent to La Grange for Light Up La Grange on Friday, Dec. 2. This marks a special 25th anniversary celebration for the annual holiday event, sponsored by Discover Downtown La Grange.
Light Up La Grange will officially kick off at 6 p.m. when Santa and Mayor Bill Lammlein arrive to light the Courthouse Square. The theme for the 2011 event is “Silver Bells,” and local merchants and restaurants will have specials for the evening.
An Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. at the La Grange Christian Church. Proceeds for the dinner will aid mission projects for the church’s Youth Group. Local choirs will sing Christmas favorites at three locations: the Courthouse Square, Walnut Street and the Rob Morris Chapel.
The Oldham County History Center will offer activities throughout the evening at the Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum beginning a 6 p.m. Activities include an Amish Bake Sale, visits and story readings from The Grinch and Cindy Lou, and ongoing hands-on children’s holiday crafts.
But the highlight of the evening will be the Christmas light display at the Courthouse erected by the Glovers. Thousands of twinkling lights will dance to choreographed music and delight passersby. Glover has used more than 1,000 extension cords and shaped 63 wire frames for winter scenes.
Vonnie Glover said she hopes their light show at the Courthouse Square will “become a permanent thing and help draw people into town.”
Mike said he is glad “to have a bigger scale to work on and show to coordinate. It’s a joy to do, and especially in these hard times, it’s worth every penny spent on it.”

• For more information on Light Up La Grange, contact Linda Goin at (502) 269-0126.

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