At least that’s the assessment of some passing boaters who’ve viewed the display from the Sound.
Beau and Dineke Beauchamp chuckle at that graphic description of their annual labor of love. The colorful display includes "close to 12,000 lights" this, the 15th year for their display.
"It only costs us $35 to light the display. It’s the best $35 we spend each Christmas," Beau says.
The yard’s inventory features 3-4 Santas (one animated), and an animated snowman. In the front yard there’s a herd of deer, and an angel on the roof. An assortment of miniature Christmas trees surrounds the house, and there’s another tree, topped by a huge star, in the driveway. During the past decade plus, it’s grown a little bit larger. Beau begins stringing lights right after Thanksgiving and they remain in place throughtout the season.
This year they’ve added an assortment of candles and soldier/guards in the driveway. The display, lit between 4:45 to 10:15 p.m. each evening, includes a large, iluminated cross. It’s both the beginning and conclusion of their daily showing.
"We enjoy doing it. So many people come by and comment about it. Beau adds that, from the vantage point of their waterfront livingroom, they can enjoy the illuminated Narrows Bridge–and from the bridge "we can see our lights, too."
A drive through the town’s several neighborhoods to view displays, from Cormorant to Cherrydale, from Oldtown to Saltar’s Point and Madrona is a pleasant way to mark the season.Don’t miss the Christmas tree next to Town Hall!
Submitted by Nancy Covert, Pictures by R. K. ‚ÄòBeau’ Beauchamp