This week's wind storm, that left 100-thousand folks across the state without power Monday morning, and caused many a limb, line or tree to come down, has claimed yet another casualty.

As we reported in late November, the Annual Hathaway Holiday Lights display, which had recently relocated from Hillview Drive in Bangor to the Veazie Community School (to accommodate better viewing and social distancing) was all set to kick off their display season this Tuesday. According to the Hathaway family, they had even made some additions to this year's display, with more space to work with.

"This year, the display features 55,000 lights, more than 400 channels of automation, a 25’ mega tree, 25’ snowflake wall, interactive elements and much more."

But Mother Nature had other plans.

Facebook: Hathaway Holiday Lights, Rick Hathaway

Monday night's high winds and rain caused quite a bit of devastation to the intricate display, forcing the Hathaway family to delay the start, as they clean up from the storm, and reset all those lights!

Facebook: Hathaway Holiday Lights, Rick Hathaway

In a post put out on the Hathaway Holiday Lights Facebook Page, Rick Hathaway said he underestimated the power of this storm, and will need some time to make repairs to this year's creation.

Facebook: Hathaway Holiday Lights, Rick Hathaway

"With the remaining wind and having to reevaluate in the light I am going to delay the start of the show until tomorrow December 2. I am hoping I will be able to get everything repaired to be able to run tomorrow. I just would not be happy running tonight but more importantly I do not want to disappoint anyone that comes to see it.

Facebook: Hathaway Holiday Lights, Rick Hathaway
The Hathaway Holiday Lights display has operated as a fundraiser for the Neonatal Unit at (Northern Lights) Eastern Maine Medical Center. Hathaway says the set up and programming usually takes hours to complete. So there's no doubt it will be a process.
Hathaway says while he is disappointed not to be kicking things off today, he is warmed by the public's support:
"The response I have received with kind words and offers to help have been very kind. If you could pass along that they are very much appreciated!! I know a lot of people enjoy the display and I feel terrible that I have to delay it."
We look forward to when they can officially open for holiday light viewing season.
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