Ladysmith tradition a homage to the season

Chronicle editorial regarding Festival of Lights by Niomi Pearson

In two days, the culmination of a year’s worth of dedication and hard work will be illuminated as the town rings in the holiday season with the Festival of Lights.

Seeing the effort and pride that has gone into preparing for Light-Up these past few weeks, it is easy to see why it has become so much more than an annual tradition.

As the town’s largest annual event, Light-Up comes with significant economic benefit to the town, but what’s more important is the community spirit it brings.

I have watched citizens come together and work together to make this year’s event bigger, better, and more efficient. Even after 23 years, the excitement over Light-Up is just as bright as the strings of lights being carefully placed on businesses and greenery around Ladysmith.

How very fitting that such a show of support be the kick-start for what is said to be the season of giving.

For the past three years that I have lived in the area, I have heard all the noriety that surrounds Light-Up but have never been able to attend. I look forward to sharing in the excitement through a reporter’s eyes.

In a previous issue of the Chronicle, we reported that the Festival of Lights committee is in need of new members. Current organizers are getting older and at some point, the reins will need to be handed down.

What a fantastic opportunity for the young adults of this community to step up to the plate and ensure the future of this treasured event, and the community spirit it brings, is not lost.

~Niomi Pearson