Friday, November 7, 2008

Light Up Middletown Gets Help From Police

Since the weather has been nice out lately the Light Up Middletown Grandpa Gang enlisted the help Middletown Police Water Rescue Team. They are going to help tow the animated, lighted swans to the middle of the Smith Pond.

This year it will start on November 28th in Smith Park. It is located at 500 Tytus Avenue, in downtown Middletown. This will also be the 10th anniversary of the event and the 10th time the Middletown Police have helped tow the swans to their place of honor. In earlier years the swans were anchored down by a heavy rope, but now that the beavers and other animals in the pond have chewed them up they are down anchored by sturdy cables.

The Grandpa Gang consists of mostly retired men. They start work around mid-October and go through Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. One person goes each night to turn the lights on and off.

There are always a lot of people that come to visit the light display. For example families, sports teams, senior center tour buses and traveling motor coach groups visit the display as a tradition for them.

Admission is a donation. It will be open every evening from November 28th through December 31st from 6-10 p.m. The weather will not make the event close.

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