SPRING HILL — Financial considerations prevented the Spring Hill Community Association from holding its annual Angels on High celebration last year. And association president Ed Lawrence heard about it.
Lawrence's phone was flooded with callers who were disappointed that the festive holiday event had to be scrubbed. All of which is why the group decided to redouble its efforts to raise money to sponsor the event again this year.
"It's looking very good this year," Lawrence said this week of the free event, which runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today through Sunday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. "We're in good shape now."
The lighted display is something of a throwback to small-town traditions, when neighbors would gather in town to enjoy the color and splendor of holiday decorations. The 40 individually designed wooden cutouts of angels are built and sponsored by business owners, nonprofit organizations and school groups, as well as residents.
The decorations are suspended in the trees along a winding path through 5 acres of woods next to the community association's clubhouse. After touring the display, visitors can stop by the clubhouse to enjoy hot cocoa and baked goods for sale by local charities, which benefit from the proceeds.
Considered the largest public holiday display in western Hernando County, the event used to run eight nights. But Lawrence said that dwindling volunteer participation forced the association to cut the event to three nights.
The event will feature entertainment each night, plus a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.