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The Holiday Lights Are On in Bonac

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 16:38
From Bonac Lights in 2021, its debut year.
Sara Smith

Bonac Lights, a fund-raising initiative launched last year by the East Hampton Masons that incorporates holiday light displays, is back again and bigger than before.

Starting tomorrow, spectators can pay an admission of $5 each to look at the lights behind East Hampton High School. Sponsored by local businesses and donors, the lights will be on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for students, and each weekend a different school will engage visitors with games, food, arts and crafts, and other activities — and even visits from Santa Claus.

Last year saw $6,000 raised. “I would love to hit $20,000 this year,” said Brian Lester, an attorney who is the treasurer of the East Hampton Masons Star of the East, and who is organizing Bonac Lights.

On Friday, Dec. 2, and Dec. 3, the high school’s clubs, band, and chorus will lead full nights of activities. The East Hampton, Amagansett, Montauk, and Springs Fire Departments will take part in a fire truck contest in which visitors will vote for their favorite.

The Springs School will lead the festivities on Dec. 9 and 10, with the East Hampton Middle School taking a turn on Dec. 16 and the Montauk School on Dec. 17.

“The feedback last year was great. People liked the event,” Mr. Lester said. “We had a really good community feeling. . . . It should be a really great time.”


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