AFTER WEEKS of anticipation and preparation, Christmas Day has come and gone. As we start the New Year's holiday weekend, the excitement associated with Christmas seems to have faded - presents have been opened, families are scattered again and the holiday feast has been reduced to leftovers in the refrigerator.
Now that the big day is behind us, as are the demands of preparing for it, time remains to enjoy the sights of the holiday season.
Jay Henley invites families to stroll through his outdoor light display from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily until New Year's Eve. The light display is open during fair weather.
Henley designed his light display, at 206 Frederick Ave., Mount Airy, especially for children, in the "spirit of Christmas." With more than 5,000 lights, 53 animated characters, theme houses and a children's indoor playhouse, Henley's light display will delight children and adults alike.
Fittingly named the "Magic Village of Henleyville," the display features streets, mailboxes and signs, as well as a gingerbread house, post office, Santa's house, Christmas tree lot and a life-size sleigh. Christmas in miniature is depicted in a "Very Little Christmas" house, while "Land of the Big Christmas" showcases the holiday with larger-than-life characters.
Henley encourages families to stop and walk through his Christmas wonderland.
Describing himself as a "big kid," Henley has been setting up the light display for eight years. It takes him four to six weeks of preparation, which involves running 1,000 feet of extension cords for the lights.
An endeavor of this size requires quite a bit of help from family and friends. Henley's mother, Myrtle Henley, and girlfriend, Linda McElfresh, pitch in when help is needed.
To see Henley's light display, turn onto Park Avenue from Route 27 in Mount Airy and make a right onto Frederick Avenue. The display will be on your right.
New Year's resolutions
For many of us, the start of a new year brings resolutions to lose holiday pounds and start a regular exercise program.
Woodbine Recreation Council has made these resolutions easier to keep with the announcement of its winter 2001 recreation programs.
"Shape Up Now" fitness classes for adults begin Jan. 16 and run for 11 weeks. Classes are held 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mount Airy Elementary School.
Yoga classes are available for children age 7 to adult. Classes are 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 7.
Karate and tai chi classes are being offered for adults and children. Classes begin next month.
With Christmas only a few days behind us, and winter only just begun, baseball season seems too far away to imagine.
But spring will be here before we know it.
Mount Airy Youth Athletic Association is gearing up for its spring baseball, softball and soccer programs. Several registration dates have been announced.
Boys and girls ages 5 to 18 are invited to register to play baseball. Practice is expected to begin in March and games are played April through June.
Slow- and fast-pitch softball programs are available for girls ages 4 to 14. Girls ages 4 to 8 will play in instructional leagues.
Clinic and travel soccer teams are being formed for boys and girls ages 4 to 14.
All registrations will be held at Mount Airy Middle School, 102 Watersville Road.
Registration is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 3, 10, 17 and 24.
The cost for baseball and soccer is $70 per child, and softball is $60; a birth certificate is required to register.
Information: Pat Bostic, 301-831-7532.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.