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Posted by on October 23, 2012.

Holiday lights to return to spot where they started

Holiday lights will be back at a familiar place in Dunwoody this year.

The intersection of Mount Vernon and Ashford-Dunwoody roads will be a little brighter this winter.

Dunwoody workers will be out this month installing outlets and meters so that the busy corner can once again be decorated for the holidays as part of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association’s annual “Light Up Dunwoody” event.

Light Up Dunwoody, which will be held Nov. 18, centers around the Christmas tree and decorations at the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse. This year, the event will feature Santa Claus, reindeer, singers and dancers, as well as vendors.

But the Dunwoody holiday tradition got its start a block away at Mount Vernon and Ashford-Dunwoody.

In the early 1990s, Dunwoody resident Bill Grant began tidying up the green space at the intersection when he decided to string lights around a large holly bush for Christmas. That year, a small group came out to watch.

“That intersection, and the original, shall we say, little pocket park there, was where ‘Light Up’ started back in the ‘90s,” said Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Bill Grossman.

Grossman said the corner was included in Light Up Dunwoody until 2010, when the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts started work on a project to upgrade the intersection.

“They realigned how Ashford-Dunwoody comes into Mount Vernon. They added a dedicated right turn lane onto Mount Vernon and created that green space there and put the decorative cross walks in,” Dunwoody Public Works Director Michael Smith said.

Smith said the city will be setting up the equipment so the lights can be plugged in.

“The access to power was actually planned when they redid the intersection because historically, this intersection has been lit up as part of the [Dunwoody] village Christmas lights,” Smith said. “It was planned as part of the intersection and this is the final step.”

Grossman said the DHA is looking forward to having the space decorated this year.

“We’re basically adding it back into ‘Light Up,’” Grossman said. “Now it will be back up and, hopefully, [part of the display] from now on.”

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