Twas the Heights Before Christmas

By on 9 December, 2011 in City Living, Holidays, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

The Capitol Heights Civic Association decided this year to really light up our neighborhood. The first place to be decorated was Armstrong Park on Madison Avenue. Traditionally, we have wrapped colored lights around the large fir tree at the front of the park, but this year the tree is draped in white mini lights, and it is beautiful. The tree also has a variety of decorations. Decorators had the benefit of a lift in order to reach the top of the tree thanks to Chris Coleman of United Rentals.  It is nice to live in a location where businesses and neighborhood work together. The tree lighting was on Saturday, Dec. 4. Children, babes in arms, a variety of dogs, at least one puppy, and adults in all sizes and categories gathered to sing carols, enjoy homemade cookies, and sip on warm cider. Santa came by and all was merry and bright.

Tree decoration with a little boost

The second stage was lighting the boulevard on South Capitol Avenue. The crepe myrtles are currently all wrapped in white mini lights, but the power is not on yet. Soon we should have a shining boulevard for neighbors and folks traveling down Madison to enjoy.

But the fun continues to unfold. The neighborhood home decorating contest has folks out stringing lights, throwing lighted nets over bushes, hanging large bulbs on trees, and putting out reindeer, Santas, snowmen and, I am told, even a Christmas Pig. The contest inspires residents to indulge in a bit of good natured competition and the result is a decorated, lit up, fun, holiday look for Capitol Heights. Folks who are not lucky enough to live in this friendly historic area are invited to ride around and see the handiwork. The homes will be judged on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4:00. Categories are as follows: Christmas Past/Christmas Present/Christmas Future/Spirit of Christmas and several honorable mentions.

Last year was the inaugural effort of the Capitol Height Howlers, who climbed into Lynn Bryant’s pickup and went caroling through the neighborhood. The evening was such fun that it was immediately assigned tradition status. So the Capitol Height Howlers will gather, appropriately enough, on Dec. 21 — the solstice. They will wind their way around the homes, heading towards friends, Christmas light winners, and houses that look like they might welcome such a bunch of folks singing Christmas Carols. If you care to join in the merriment, meet up at 6:00 at the Methodist church parking lot. The email notice explains that if you are not part of the group, then put your porch light on and prepare to be howled.

The famous lions will each sport a wreath. Those boys will look especially smart since they had had their face lift this year.

Come on out and be part of the season’s fun and spirit. Yes, here in Capitol Heights it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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