Up La Grange
celebrated with lights
show will be
the highlight to the festivities
Helen E. McKinney
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, Vonnies,
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.
by Helen E. McKinney
Glover, who loves to decorate
for Christmas, spends time putting
an array of lights on various
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
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.
Its amazing to see it all laid out on computer, said
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 churchs
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 childrens 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
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. Its a joy to do, and especially in these hard times,
its 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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