On recent nights, the cars have been creeping along the 1700 block of Arlington Road in Roanoke’s Raleigh Court neighborhood.
It’s a narrow street anyway, but since Thanksgiving weekend, drivers there have been a bit more distracted. That’s because of the large, 18-inch or so diameter white-lighted balls hanging from the trees.
There are more than 40 of them, strung up in front of 10 houses on the block’s northern end at Windsor Avenue. They create an odd, almost otherworldly effect that’s pretty cool. I’ve never seen any holiday display quite like it in the Roanoke Valley.
Behind it are a handful of women who live there: Jane Bailey, Nicole Lenderking, Julia Burkett, and Nicole Duval,who lives a few blocks away. They love the block, and they and their neighbors have a lot of fun.
Call it a bit of friendly holiday-decoration competition with Westover Avenue, which is just a few blocks away. At least one house on that street has an elaborate Christmas lights setup that looks like the Las Vegas strip.
“We decided last year we wanted to try something to outdo them,” said Julia Burkett, who’s lived on Arlington for six and a half years.
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