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Lights On for East Hampton Student Scholarships

Wed, 11/22/2023 - 09:21
Natasha Chavez and Sophia Jarrin at last year’s Bonac Lights display at East Hampton High School.
Durell Godfrey

Bonac Lights returns for a third year starting tomorrow night, illuminating the holidays at East Hampton High School with outdoor displays and activities all to benefit the East Hampton Masons’ scholarship fund.

This year, according to its organizer, Brian Lester, a local attorney and an officer of the Masons, there are more than 70 displays — that’s about 30 more than last year — all sponsored by businesses and families in town. Also new this year is a “memorial tree” that people can fill with stars to honor loved ones who have died.

“I’m excited to get more people to come,” said Mr. Lester. “All the money goes to scholarships for the kids, so the more people we bring in, the more money we make. Last year we gave out over $9,000 in scholarships and we’d love to double it this year.”

On Friday, Dec. 1, the lights will be accompanied by carnival-style activities hosted by East Hampton High School student volunteers. There will also be a fire truck-decorating competition, in which people can vote for their favorite local hamlet’s decked-out truck.

The lights are on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 22. Cash-only admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child on Dec. 1, and $5 for everyone all other nights.


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