Wind damage delays Vista Drive light show

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AUBURN — Strong winds overnight Sunday added another delay to a popular holiday light show.

Dr. Stephen Bang of 48 Vista Drive said he and neighbor Jamie Loggins had planned to debut their holiday light show Monday night but wind knocked down some of the displays. That included a Nativity scene on Bang’s property and two of the 14 light-wrapped arches over Loggins’ driveway.

“It’s not what we needed to happen,” Bang said Monday. “It’s going to set us back, and we’re already so late starting.”

Bang said the wind also scattered the 57 miniature lighted Christmas trees decorating his front yard. 

He had planned to finish work on the tall Christmas tree standing on the southern edge of his property Monday. It will mirror a similar lighted tree on the northern edge of Loggins’ land.

Instead, he and his family spent the day collecting the trees and the wayward Nativity and putting them back into their places.

“The Nativity blew all the way into the neighbors yard,” he said. 

The biggest damage was to Loggins’ arches that lead up his driveway. Bang guessed it would take at least a day to repair.

The pair have hosted the Christmas light display on their houses since 2004. It features thousands of lights choreographed to holiday music broadcast on a low-power FM signal. People are invited to pull up to the curb, tune their car radio to the signal on FM channel 88.1 and enjoy the show.

Many have, prompting neighbors to complain to Loggins and to the city about traffic on their cul-de-sac.

Loggins has set up a Web site, www.auburnlights.com, to broadcast news about the show.

Newly unveiled signs at the entrance to Vista Drive give the show times as 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. City crews put the signs up last month, but kept them wrapped in black plastic until Monday.

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