The Winfield Isle of Lights board is preparing for the 27th year of lighting up Winfield’s beautiful Island Park over the holidays. Isle of Lights was formed in 1993 as a not-for-profit organization with the vision to create a Christmas lighting display for everyone to enjoy. Every year since new displays have been added to the park. All funds for new displays and expenses come from gate donations, private and business donations, memorials as well as grants from Winfield Convention and Tourism.
Winfield Isle of Lights continues to be unique in that it is truly a non-profit organization with no paid employees. All of the displays are put together and taken down by volunteers. Each night the booth is manned by volunteers. This annual project would not be possible without the continued support of the City of Winfield Electrical and Parks Departments.
Members of the IOL board have scheduled two work days for the 2019 set-up. The traditional set-up day has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12 starting at 8:00 am. Lunch will be provided by Ranch House Catering.
A second set-up day has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 10 from 1 to 5 pm. Many clubs, groups, churches, and teams have expressed interest in volunteering in the past but because of work or school schedules have not been able to participate during the traditional setup day.
Volunteering is easy and no experience is necessary. New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers. A few basic tools are helpful, but not necessary: needle nose pliers, an adjustable wrench, open end or ratchet wrench (1/2 in & 9/16 in), a hammer or mallet & work gloves. Dress for the weather, layers works best as the day usually warms up a bit. Those interested in volunteering can now sign up for shifts online. A link to sign up is available at www.isleoflights.org.
Isle of Lights is scheduled to open on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 6 to 10 pm. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. It will remain open nightly until Dec. 30, 2019.