GOSHEN — More than 1,000 people drove through Action Wildlife Nov. 27 to view the opening of “Christmas is A-Glow,” a display of lights organized by St. John Paul the Great Academy in Torrington and hosted by Action Wildlife founder Jim Mazzarelli.
“Approximately 1,060 people entered through the gates within a period of four hours,” said Susan Cook, chairperson of St. John Paul the Great Academy Board. “Our first night was a huge success!”
Viewers safely enjoyed the lights from within their vehicles, while listening on car radios to children singing “Twelve Days of Christmas.” The Rev. Emmanuel Ihemedu, pastor of St. John Paul the Great Parish, interpreted the song in biblical context.
The school also provided COVID-safe opportunities to bid on trees, wreaths and other items on display in the museum. Bidding is online only. Children can take part in a scavenger hunt from inside the vehicles. Santa and his helpers will greet viewers from a safe distance.
The event continues 4-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. and 4-8 p.m. Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for the academy, a pre-k through grade 8 Catholic school that enrolls more than 140 students.
An entry fee of $5 per person, cash only, will be collected at the gate. Children under 4 are admitted free. For more information, call 860-489-4177 or 860-482-4433.