Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Jim and Barbara Gerrasch's house display includes more than 25,000 lights.
Christmas comes this time each year. You don’t need a calendar, candy canes or mistletoe to know that Santa’s on his way. You only need to take a peek down Fay Avenue. “My father loves Christmas,” Jim Gerrasch’s daughter, Cathy Vocaire, said. And he’s more than willing to share that love. His and his wife Barbara’s house, at 194 Fay Avenue in Avon Lake, has resulted in friends and neighbors nicknaming Gerrasch “Mr. Griswold,” after Chevy Chase’s character, Clark Griswold, who tried to cover every inch of his house in holiday lights in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The result? A wonderland of lights, Christmas trees and a manger scene that last weekend had Gerrasch dressing up as Santa and passing out Slinkys and candy canes to …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your Avon or Avon Lake house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. Our contest is right around the corner, so now’s the…
Friday, December 24, 2010
East side, west side, all around the town, homes have a holiday glow
One of the first thrills of the Christmas season is seeing the Christmas lights. Whether the home is a vintage farmhouse, a mid-century ranch or a colonial by a golf course, Avonites have lots of holiday jewels. A drive through the city recently allowed us to see all different kids of lights, from the vintage C9 bulbs to classic white icicles to modern LEDs. We've put together a slideshow of some of the highlights. If you're out tonight, drive over to 33715 N. Fall Lake Drive, tune your radio to 93.5 FM, and enjoy an amazing synchronized light show. We've got a video. Enjoy the show!