“Lights In The Parkway” by Chaplain Jerry Herauf

Our brand new Men’s Club was looking for things to do, especially during the holiday season. The “Lights in the Parkway” display in Allentown (PA) seemed like a natural.

As advertised on their website: “This spectacular drive-through light display transforms more than a mile of one of Allentown’s most beautiful parks, the Lehigh Parkway, into a winter wonderland. Featuring hundreds of thousands of brilliant lights – this attraction will brighten your holiday season. Visitors will experience tunnels, animated holiday scenes and more. “Lights” has become an annual tradition for many throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Lights in the Parkway is fun for all ages.”

This seemed like just the right venue for our Club!

Bundling up eight club members in our van, in two trips just before Christmas, we headed off to see the “Lights!” It was a time of quiet chatting – we’re gradually just getting to know one another in the Club – and enthusiasm. Some commented they hadn’t been there in years and were looking forward to seeing the lights again.

Then, at last, the drive-through. ‘Oohs’ and ‘aahs’ were expressed as we passed by the many displays of bright lights and colors. The Wizard of Oz was a special attraction! All were delighted as they tuned in, for a few precious moments, to their boyhoods and Christmas. One of the elders remarked that it made his holiday – the chaplain who organized the trip was certainly one of his heroes that evening!

Already, we’re looking forward to next year’s “Lights” and Men’s Club Christmas event!

– Jerry Herauf, Chaplain, New Eastwood Care & Rehab

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