"Christmas Lights elves" already hard at work
Updated: Jun 20, 2018
June 8, 2018--The "Christmas Lights Elves" are already hard at work preparing new lighted sculptures for this year's Port of Kingston Christmas Lights spectacle that will run throughout the month of December.
The "Elves" are volunteers who work three hours a week every other week. They started work on the new pieces back in mid-March. First, the steel outlines were welded and painted by Port staff.; Now, they are being covered with LED lights--thousand of lights that add to the already more than 500,000 lights used in last year's show.
According to volunteer Patty Fortune, it takes her about 24 hours to attach hundred of lights to just one average-sized piece.
What this year's new pieces will be is a secret. Past sculptures have included flowers, fish, even a giant sea serpent.
"We want people to be surprised," said one "elf." "We want them to say, 'Wow, did you see that?'"
The "elf" crew includes Chiquita Smith, Brenda Morrow, Peggy Krause, Patty Fortune, Dee Peterson, Diane Coultis, Maxine Walters, Juli Swanberg, Dick Coar and Lee Fallon.