A night of lights
Students decorated public areas in Bay Shore including Dr. King Park on Main Street.

Photo provided by the Bay Shore School District

A night of lights

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
12/24/2015


BAY SHORE—On Dec. 13, all along the streets from Brightwaters to East Islip, luminaries decorated the curbs and sidewalks as part of the Light the Night event. Although coordinated to take place the same evening, each of the participating communities had a specific organization to orchestrate the event. 

In Brightwaters and Bay Shore, the location of the original Light the Night, the event has been guided through the efforts of the Bay Shore Beautification Society.

Deirdre Wahlberg is the chairperson of this event, which began more than 15 years ago. “This started off as a fundraiser to support the work of the society. Most of the funds go toward the [Main Street] flower baskets on the lampposts,” she said.  

The luminary kits—white paper bags filled with sand and a tea light candle—are purchased by homeowners for $10 at various businesses in the downtown districts. The homeowner is responsible for setting up the display on the night of the event. However, in Bay Shore, volunteers from Girl Scout Troop 200, seventh- and eighth-grade middle school Student Council members and members of the high school Robotics Team and Interact Club helped assemble and install the luminaries on Main Street and in other public areas, including parks in both the Bay Shore and Brightwaters communities.

“It took them about two hours,” Wahlberg said. “They did a fantastic job this year. It looked beautiful and serene and we had lovely weather.

“A lot of people use this event as an opportunity to put up their decorations, too.”