Our community has traditions, as does every town across the country.
So various businesses and families sponsored the signs/cut-outs. I was very pleased to see that the sponsorships were acknowledged in a tasteful way.
The acknowledgment was at the bottom of each sign, in smaller print than the nursery rhyme.
Story Book Lane is so popular that not all the businesses and families who wanted to sponsor a nursery rhyme were able to.
Isn't that amazing?
Before the signs were up, we would always try to say each nursery rhyme. Of course the kids were better at it than Ted and me.
Now keep in mind that these pictures were taken at night and I am NOT a very good photographer. That's why you can see things in the background, like a Pepsi machine, a small building, a bocce court, etc.
There's music playing as you drive through too. Yes, they play Christmas carols.
In this day and age of fiscal responsibility, the money that the Rotary raises for this project is also used to pay for the electricity of running the lights and playing the music.
The Rotarians are the ones who get the cut-outs put up each year too, so no city funded man power is used.
I also need to add that Ted was very patient as I kept telling him to move up just a wee little bit, or stop for an extra second so I could try to get a better shot.
Another really good thing came out of taking these photos. I also had to open up Photo Shop for the first time. I had them install it when I ordered this computer last May. But I never got into it. Sad, isn't it? I couldn't find any other way to block out the names on the rhymes, so I delved into it for the first time. There sure is a lot to it. I need to spend some quality time with it really soon.
At the end of Story Book Lane, they have this sign that you see above, in addition to another one that is also tastefully done, listing the "Friends of Story Book Lane." The people who wanted to donate funds to this project but couldn't sponsor a nursery rhyme could still donate and be listed as a friend.
That's what we did. It was the least we could do after all the pleasure it's given us over the years.