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Area resident spreads holiday cheer with home light display

Sunday, December 9, 2012

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A light show synchronized to music runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m daily through Dec. 31 at the Ash family home located on Plantation Drive just off Scott County Road 450 in rural Sikeston. Homeowner Lance Ash said he loves Christmas and just wants to share the joy of the season with others.
(Bob Greenlee, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Since Thanksgiving, the nightly traffic flow to Lance Ash's Christmas synchronized lights and music show at his rural Sikeston home has been steady, but Ash wants to see it increase even more.

"I love Christmas lights, and I want everyone else to come out and see the lights, too," Ash said.

For the third year, Ash and his family consisting of his wife, 8-year-old so and 3-year-old daughter are opening their front lawn to the public with a bigger light show than in previous years.

Ash's light show runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m daily through Dec. 31 at the Ash family home located on Plantation Drive just off Scott County Road 450 in rural Sikeston.

A self-proclaimed "Christmas nut," Ash said he just wants to share the joy of the season with others.

"Anybody who knows me well knows if I'm five minutes into a conversation with someone, and I don't get into the conversation about Christmas, then something is wrong with me," said Ash, who is a police officer and also owns a window-tinting business.

"This time of year, the caring comes out," Ash said about why he enjoys the season.

This year Ash has also set up a donation box for anyone who wants to donate to the Kenny Rogers Children's Center in Sikeston.

"I've had some traffic, but I would like a lot more because I want to do more for Kenny Rogers Children's Center," Ash said.

Michelle Fayette, executive director of Kenny Rogers Children's Center, encouraged everyone to visit the Ash residence because "it's a great light show."

"This time of year is also good to reflect and be thankful for everything we have, and we appreciate all the support we can get from the community," Fayette said.

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Light show connection...

SIKESTON --Looking to brighten your holiday season? Check out one or all of the following light shows located in the Sikeston area: 

Christmas on Plantation, located just north of Sikeston at the Ash residence, features a light show synchronized to music, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m daily through Dec. 31. The residence is located on Plantation Drive just off Scott County Road 450 in rural Sikeston.

Directions: Take Highway H north, past Highway HH and past Scheffer's Office Supply and Air Evac helicopter station until you arrive at Scott County Road 450. Turn left onto 450. Look for signs to Old Bethel Baptsit Church). Plantation Drive will be the second turn on the left, which is two houses from County Road 450. (Note: County Road 450 can also be entered from U.S. Highway 61)

First United Methodist Church, located at 1307 N. Main St. in Sikeston, is offering a light show from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly (midnight on weekends) through the new year.

Now in its third year, the 15-minute show features three songs and a nativity scene narration

"It's a self-directed show. You can come and go as you choose," said Alan Keenan, who is one of the light show organizers.

Visitors can pull up their vehicles and back into a parking spot, dim their lights and watch the show while listening to music on 88.1 FM, Keenan said.

Keenan estimated 2,000 or so cars pass through during the season. He said visitors have come from as far as an hour's drive from Sikeson.

The vendor that does the church's programming is the same does the show for Sikeston BMU. Next year the show will be upgraded, he said.

Sikeston Board of Muncipal Utilities, 1107 E. Malone in downtown Sikeston, offers a light show synchronized to music from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly through New Year's Day.