A special event tonight at West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular, designer Jim Winder‘s music-synched light show at a little house on SW Charlestown across from the water tower: Singer Judy Pancoast flew cross-country for a free concert to open her holiday-season tour, visiting homes with animated Christmas-lights displays that incorporate her music. In our video, two versions of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” – and you’ll notice the dancing during the second one, since the audience was in the street, closed one night only so the concert, followed by the light show, could be enjoyed block-party style. Photos to come!
ADDED 1:53 AM: Scenes from the show, by WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams:
That’s WSL mastermind Jim Winder with a wave for the crowd. Among those watching, Mike and his dad:
After the concert, the colors:
13 more scenes, ahead:
The show’s appeal crossed generations – here’s Ixa Rivera dancing with her 17-month-old grandchild Dovan Vognild:
Jeff Chapman danced with 4-year-old Keegan:
Whole lot of dancing going on!
During the concert, some of the lights stayed on as a festive backdrop:
The voice of Judy, a 2011 Grammy nominee, kept spirits bright
Some brought – or bought – their own lights:
Some helped Judy serenade the crowd:
At Christmastime, after all, there’s a lot to sing about:
Some answered the call to donate, like Barb Broderick:
And everyone was there to savor the season:
The street closure was for Friday night only – the rest of the time, you need to watch from the sidewalk, or from your car pulled up across the street – like 8-year-old Jaden MacDonald:
You can listen to the light-synched music on 101.9 FM while visiting West Seattle Lights, which continues nightly through New Year’s Eve (see the nightly schedule on the WSL website).
And enjoy the lights in the surrounding neighborhood, too!