Lighting the way


PENDLETON — Friends of Falls Park, with funding assistance from South Madison Community Foundation, added an additional festive touch to the park on Christmas eve and day with the addition of 300 luminaria lining Falls Park Drive from Pendleton Avenue east to the iron bridge by the Sports Complex.

“We’re just following up on a Pendleton tradition,” Friends President Joe Noel said prior to set up.

The group used new lights this year — switching from candles and milk jugs to battery operated tea lights inside of reusable sacks, Noel said. When switched on, the lights shine for six hours then turn off; they automatically come on again 18 hours later and shut off again after six hours, repeating the cycle until turned off.

Volunteers set out the luminaries at dusk on Friday, Christmas Eve, and gathered them up on Sunday.

“It was really popular last year,” Noel said. “We had a lot of positive comments.”

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