Views of the Neighborhood – Preparation for Trail of Lights

Here we are getting close to the holidays. In Lakeway, there is a tradition called The Trail of Lights. This year Rona is not stopping the event. There will be distancing rules, but the trail will go on as usual. The lights go live in November. 20th. I thought it would be fun to go to the site and check out some of the preparations. Then after November 20th to come back and see what it all looks like.

We are going to take the bus and offload in the parking lot. Β There we will set up the lunch of Five-way Chili, salad, chips, salsa, and queso. We have a beer on tap and soft drinks. Five-way Chili is a Cincinnati original. It is pasta topped with chili, beans, onions, and cheese. Yeah, this is not your low, salt, fat, calorie meal. We also have Chicago for your entertainment.

So let’s get on and get going.

Views of the Neighborhood

Here is a shot of some of the frames that will hold the lights

Some workers putting the tunnel of lights together.

Here is what the tunnel looks like all lit up. (from last year’s post)

A lonely frame waiting for more.

One of the two large trees.

A shot of the path. The city laid down freshly crushed granite.

The second tree.

More frames and path.

Nothing set up yet.

A machine shot.

A bobcat shot for Dan Antion.

This roller is used to flatten the granite and make the path hard.

 

Some characters are being set up as well.

Well, that is the tour for the day. I hope you come back when the lights are turned on. Please stay and have more food and listen to Chicago. Have a great week.

 

62 comments

  1. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    It looks like fun, and with Chicago playing in the background, how perfect! Thanks for the morning jaunt and glimpse of the holiday spirit. βœ¨πŸŽ„βœ¨

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Gwen. It s fun for sure. 😊

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  2. It’s important to keep traditions alive, and this is one that adapts well to the current odd circumstances. Whether it’s Diwali or Hanukkah or Christmas, I think everyone’s ready for a little light.

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    1. I agree. This outside venue is perfect for Rona. Thanks, Linda. We all need a little light.

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  3. Visions of joy to come, John. Good job! Thanks for including Chicago, they are always terrific. Enjoy your Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, GP. Enjoy yours as well. 😊

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  4. Thanks for the Bobcat shot, John. I enjoyed seeing these pictures. The preparation must involve a lot of work. Chicago is one of those bands I can always listen to. Maybe another scoop of that chili and a beer to wash it down.

    I hope you have a great week.

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    1. We have a lot of chili left so have at it. I have always liked Chicago so I was happy when they agreed to play for us. I hope you have a great week as well.😊

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  5. Chili🌢 and Chicago! The perfect combination! Thanks for the tour, John. I’m happy they’re keeping the tradition going. Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I am happy they are doing it as well. Happy Sunday to you as well. 😊

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  6. Glad they found a way to continue the tradition. Looks like fun.

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    1. Me too, Charles. It is fun. 😊

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  7. Thank you for the tour, John. The prepartions look like a LOT of work. Every time I hear Chicago, I think of playing their songs in the high school band.

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    1. Good memories then. Thanks, Liz

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      1. You’re welcome, John. Yes, good memories.

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  8. A very good combination and a drop of the way back machine.

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  9. To paraphrase Perry Como, it’s beginning to look a little bit like Christmas.

    And I’ll bring the cornbread for that chili.

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    1. Okay then. I’ll supply the butter. 😁

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  10. Professional granite crusher? I like the sound of that. Probably a lot less red tape and government regulations than I’m used to. Where’s my hammer?

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    1. Haha. Need a big hammer for sure. Thanks, Craig. 😁

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  11. A lot of work but I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the lights. Do revist when the lights are on – I can;t wait to see them!

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    1. I will, Noelle. Thanks. 😁

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  12. Here, the Visitors’ Centre and the Chamber of Commerce are going apes with commercials plus shows to invited visitors to our Christmas lights display in the Marktplatz. I absolutely resent this irresponsible attitude as we all know that it will spread the virus.
    I hope that all will go well with you.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. No hype here. That does sound irresponsible of the Chamber and Visitor’s Center.

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  13. One of my favorite Chicago songs! Can’t wait to see the display when it’s lit up. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Joan. 😁

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  14. It should be lovely again this year, John. Thanks for the preview. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne.

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  15. I’m assuming this is a walking tour? We have something similar here, but it’s strictly drive-through (meaning it, too, should be fine during Rona!) Enjoyed the outing, John — nice to see that some things are impervious to the virus! Looking forward to seeing all those lights when they’re lit up.

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    1. Yes it is a walk through. Thanks, Debbie.

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  16. Just as I was about to ask what Five-Way Chili was, you gave us a description. You da man. Since Marc is bringing the cornbread, I was thinking I’d bring some of my homemade guacamole.
    I’ll be back to see it all lit up. What a lovely tradition.
    And thanks for the Chicago!

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    1. Yessssss. guacamole. YUM.

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      1. Mmmmm! Good!

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  17. Very promising, dear John! Let’s hope that these lights will bring us a miracle of 2021 a plenty of the deer…The bus is the top! Always at its place! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜

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    1. The bus is our conveyance to fantasy, Maria. Thank you.

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      1. Yes, I got it, dear John! Wonderful way to our dreamland! πŸ™‚

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  18. That was fun! The chili was delicious! And Chicago was fabulous! Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Jan

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  19. Great idea! Question. What kind of pasta? What kind of beans? Why do you add beans to chili unless the chili doesn’t have beans to begin with? Is it good?

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    1. It’s called five way because you start with spaghetti, add chili. then beans, onion, and cheese. You can have your chilli without any one of the ingredients. Yes it is good in a mid-west kind if way.

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      1. Hmm. Not sure if it sounds great or if it sounds just off a bit ;). I am a fan of some midwestern food, since I grew up in Michigan. My go-to is tuna noodle casserole haha.

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  20. Oh, what fun! Thanks for the tour, John! The chili was great and, boy, listening to Chicago really brings back happy memories πŸ™‚

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    1. For me as well, Marie. Thank you.

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  21. WOW!! That’s one thing I’m envious about when it comes to the US – you guys do celebrations so much better than down here. Typically, someone will hang a Christmas themed thong (flip flop) from their front door here. That’s about as far as the Aussie Christmas spirit gets.

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    1. We do go a little deeper than a flip flop that’s true. Stand bye for the after photos.

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  22. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Amazing how much work goes into these displays. Great preview and snacks. I can’t wait to see the results:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise. 😊

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  23. This looks fabulous, I’d love for them to do this in the long walk at our local park for people to just stroll through at the moment, its the only thing we can do walk and work.

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    1. It is very uplifting when finished.

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  24. I love Christmas lights, so I’m excited to see what this looks like. I remember the tunnel of lights from last year.

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    1. Yes. We are almost here again, Teri. I am amazed at how time goes bye.

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  25. What a wonderful tradition, John, and I love the tunnel of lights. And great food, drink, and Chicago? Perfection and joy! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Glad you came along. 😁

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  26. It’s going to be so neat when all done and lit up. Kids old and young are going to love it!

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  27. This will be wonderful! How perfect for spreading joy in a Covid holiday season.

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    1. We need to hunt down joy and bring it forward. Thanks, Jennie. 😊

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