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Delhi adding to light show in Quance Park

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Sharon Bohar, left, a member of Delhi’s Lights of the Dam Committee, and Lisa Cooper, an insurance manager in Delhi, are excited about a plan to expand the selection of colourful lights in Quance Park. In December, Cooper donated $200 toward the project on behalf of Brokerlink Insurance in Delhi. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

Sharon Bohar, left, a member of Delhi’s Lights of the Dam Committee, and Lisa Cooper, an insurance manager in Delhi, are excited about a plan to expand the selection of colourful lights in Quance Park. In December, Cooper donated $200 toward the project on behalf of Brokerlink Insurance in Delhi. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

DELHI, ON - 

The destination is many years in the distance, but some have concluded that Delhi should work toward its own Christmas Panorama.

Delhi’s Lights of the Dam Committee has the space and the setting at the Quance Dam. As well, the idea of flooding the water coming over Quance Dam with coloured lights last year has been more successful than expected.

On any given night, it’s not unusual to see 20 or 30 people in the park checking out the Zortec Industries light show at the Quance Dam. The five-member committee has sized up the situation and concluded there is definitely room for growth.

“There will be much more coming in the future,” committee member Sharon Bohar said recently. “It’s just lovely down here with the lights when the water is coming over the falls. This is the birth of it. We have a vision.”

Zortec Industries of Simcoe demonstrated what their LED could do in May in 2016. The light show went full time in late 2016 when Norfolk County approved $6,000 toward the display. The light show at the dam has been on every night since.

The next step is to situate a set of lights around the Quance Mill while bumping up the selection of lights at the dam.

The Lights of the Dam Committee has set a fundraising target for this phase of $6,500. Lisa Cooper of Delhi got on board in December with a $200 donation on behalf of Brokerlink Insurance.

Cooper has seen how beautiful the dam is under the spotlight and is enthusiastic about what lies ahead.

“One reason I’ve wanted to donate is that I had my wedding photos taken here,” Cooper said. “This park has always been an important part of my life.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the light show can enquire at Delhi Flowers on Main Street. There, they will find Joyce Verbrugge, treasurer of the Delhi BIA.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com