Fifty thousand twinkling lights in Southington went dark on Tuesday after the surging popularity of "Lights on Lovley" caused "too much stress and sleepless nights," according to the homeowner behind the striking display.
“We are sad to say that we have decided that last night was the last night for LightsOnLovley this year, going forward the lights will be dark," the homeowners wrote on Facebook.
"We delivered the last of the donations to Community Services this morning," they added, referencing the canned goods they had asked visitors to bring along.
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The Burke family began crafting the display in 2008 and worked every year to outdo themselves. This winter, 50,000 flashing lights adorned their home on Lovley Drive, twinkling along to a musical medley from the popular movie "Frozen."
As the display drew more and more admirers, police asked drivers not to stop in front of the house and implemented an emergency parking ban in the area.
“It’s good to hear the reaction, but it’s also a little stressful with the traffic and inconvenience it causes the neighbors,” Howard Burke, one of the organizers, said on Monday. “We definitely appreciate the support of the neighbors still with us on this.”
It was meant to last through New Year's Eve, but on Tuesday, Burke said the display is done.
“It was not one thing, not the angry voicemail, not the posts or comments on line, not the veiled threats of legal action, not the belittling of the donations or the media circus this has created,” the family wrote on Facebook. “It has just become too much stress and sleepless nights to continue on.”
The homeowners are apologizing for shutting down early.
“At this point we do not know what this means for 2015. While we suspect that the Frozen song and resulting media coverage was a one time thing, its hard to predict what would happen next year. We would happily work with the town or other organizations on potential ideas for a better location, but the logistics of setting this up is not trivial,” they wrote.
Anyone who planned to go and still wants to make a donation can bring canned goods directly to Community Services on Norton Street in Southington.