The Station at Prominence neighborhood will be holding its first ever Light the Night event from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, allowing neighborhood and community members a chance to walk around and enjoy the scenery of the holiday season.
Light the Night will feature holiday lights from over 100 homes for onlookers to enjoy, as well as a letters to Santa station, a horse-drawn carriage ride, coffee and hot chocolate from Java Joy, s’mores, popcorn, a food drive, and a raffle.
Vice President of the homeowners association Dale Petrishe said neighborhood and community members will be able to enjoy traveling through the neighborhood on foot, or via a golf cart or horse-drawn wagon. For those looking to enjoy the sights while riding on a golf cart, contact SAP301142gmail.com and leave a name, address, and phone, as well as a reservation time. The carriage ride will be provided by Back in Time Carriages.
Petrishe said the s'mores station will be operated by Cub Scout Troop 3752. For the food drive, which will be located at the Java Joy station, volunteers will be taking canned foods, which will be donated to a local food pantry. There will also be a raffle connected to the food drive, where the winner will receive a gift card worth $30 or $50. One canned food item donation will equal one ticket to enter into the raffle, with a maximum of 10 entries.
There will also be a special $100 Visa Gift Card event. Entry fee into the event is a donation to the food drive, and a selfie of oneself by mailboxes at Leyland Circle and Cobblestone Drive in the neighborhood. Mailbox numbers will be sent out the night of the event, and the selfies will need to be shown to the person at the food drive/raffle station. Ticket should have name, phone number, and address on the back of the ticket.
Petrishe said this event came to be through a resident of the neighborhood who usually travels during the holiday season. She said this resident wanted to find a way to celebrate the holiday season, and since many people can’t travel this year, the board decided to sit down and discuss this proposal and find a way to include the neighborhood.
“We ultimately came to the conclusion that we wanted to have a big holiday celebration,” Petrishe said. “Holiday activities have been significantly reduced this year, so we wanted to put something together for all 182 of our homes, as well as the community.”
Lisa Daviau, president of the homeowners association, added that the Light the Night event is a way for the community to come together and spread much needed joy during this unconventional holiday season.
"We as a homeowners association board wanted a way to get people out of their houses, enjoy the traditions of the season, and have fun while staying safe," Daviau said. "This event will become an annual neighborhood event, with the hope that other local neighborhoods will also adopt our idea, leading to seasonal celebrations in communities throughout the Cherokee area."
Petrishe said masks will be required to attend the event.
Station at Prominence is located at 102 Village Dr. in Canton, off of Keeter Road.