- Fairbury News staff
Timber Ridge lights the way
A longstanding pre-Christmas tradition will illuminate Timber Ridge this weekend.
The annual luminary display takes place Saturday and Sunday nights, Dec. 19 and 20 starting at dusk. Once in a while, you come across someone who has never experienced this and, at the same time, people travel miles to take in the sight.
“That is just a festive time that Fairbury has a tradition of,” said Dale Atkins of the Timber Ridge association. “Timber Ridge is a community within the community of Fairbury and there is a joint effort out there.”
Many of the homes in the subdivision get into the holiday spirit by putting up extra Christmas lights and outdoor decorations to go along with the luminaries which line the streets. The milk jugs with candles inside twinkle in the night creating an impressive scene. Over 1,200 luminaries are expected to be lit for the two-mile drive.
“For this year, it’s a place right here at home that you can get away from COVID and just see Christmas while thinking nice thoughts,” Atkins added.
A new decorating idea last year involved lights just above the water line on the north side of the lake. These lights reflect on the water, adding to the festive atmosphere. Atkins even spotted a boat out on the lake recently with all of the mild weather.
The Timber Ridge association includes a local homeowner’s group.
“We collect a little money to take care of the lake,” Atkins explained. “We have a commons area and pavilion that needs care.”