Story and Photos by Connie Morrison —
Nominations were spread out in northern Accomack County, so rather than providing a route, the ocations are given for light tourists to pick and choose. They are few but mighty and well worth your time.
A photo cannot do justice to the elaborate Lights on Gladding, 26518 Gladding Road, Mears Station, where lights pulse in time to music broadcast on 88.7 FM. The 30-minute light shows run every night through Jan. 1 on the half hour, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights are the regular show, Sunday nights are geared toward children, and Monday through Wednesday features music that conveys the “reason for the season.” Light wrangler Joshua Voss says he pours his “whole soul into this for the community.”
Joe McGee’s design at 6551 Neal Parker Road, north of the intersection of Withams and Neal Parker roads, is a dazzling display that would make Clark Griswold proud. (Griswold is the character in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” whose light display both vexes and delights.) As with many of the over-the-top decorations, the photo does not do justice, capturing only a small slice of offerings.
The crab pot Christmas tree on Saxis is inventive and charming. Enjoy the lights of Sanford as you travel through en route to the island.
Also nominated: 37187 Buoy Court, Greenbackville.