This Christmas Eve Dexter’s longstanding tradition of lining the streets with luminaria will continue thanks to an ongoing fundraising effort on gofundme.com led by the Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.
The city of Dexter and the Dexter Lion’s Club were also integral to making this event happen.
The project is realized due to the participation of hundreds of area homeowners and business-owners who place the individual luminaries along the curb after dozens of volunteers participating in a Luminaria Workshop held at the city’s Department of Public Works building on Central Street create and deliver the individual luminaries.
“It’s amazing – it makes my heart warm the amount of community spirit that everyone has,” said Erin McKillen, Luminary Project Lead. “People come back, remember doing it when they were kids and get their kids involved.”
The project was started in 1995 and has been held every year, with the exception of 1998 when “lack of interest” caused the single-year lapse in the event, which McKillen says was sorely missed by many in the Dexter community.
“It’s something you don’t see every day for sure … it’s hard to put into words the glow of the town,” she said. “The streets are lit up from one end to the other. You can drive the entire town and every turn you make you’ll see another street lined with golden bags.”