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‘Deltaville Lights’: A tradition continues

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The Deltaville Lights will light up Route 33 through January 4.

by Tom Chillemi

When too much is not enough, Stephen Blue just adds more lights to his “Deltaville Lights” Christmas display. 

This 2018 extravaganza contains 152,000 lights—an 8,000-light increase from last year. 

When people give directions they often say “You can’t miss it.” That’s absolutely true for anyone traveling on Route 33 in Deltaville between 5 and 11 p.m. each night through January 4.

Next to Mason Realty are more than 60 “light trees” ranging from 4 feet to the 22-foot-tall “Mega Tree” with 13,000-bulbs that is the center piece of a computerized display. The 37,000-bulb synchronized light show dances to the music of Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sheryl Crow, Lindsey Sterling and Straight No Chaser. Visitors in their cars can listen to the display music by tuning to FM 100.9 when in sight of the display. However, the best way to see everything is to walk through it.

Stephen started erecting colored light displays in 1996 when he was 12 years old at his home. However, his mother preferred white twinkle lights, so Stephen’s colored lights were banished to the backyard. And, she made sure they could not be seen from the road.
Twenty-two years later, Stephen Blue’s tradition continues. It’s worth the trip to Deltaville.

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posted 12.19.2018

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