The true spirit of Christmas is evident at 217 So. Shasta in Eagle Point. "My husband wants to give people something to smile about," said Dennise Roche, as she talked about the unusual musical extravaganza outside their home. And smile they do as they drive up– stop, look and listen.
Dave Roche has outdone himself this year with the decorations and songs. To enjoy 217 So. Shasta, tune your car radio to 97.5 FM when you arrive. Pull off to the edge of the road and listen to the songs and enjoy the decorations. There are different songs for each night of the week. As an example, Sunday evening is Christian music along with the more traditional Christmas songs. There are anywhere from eight to 12 different songs each evening.
In keeping with the true spirit of the season, Roches have placed barrels out for donations of non-perishable food, for clothing and for toys. There also is a container in which you may place cash which goes to help others. Roches take no money for this project.
The majority of the donations will stay in Eagle Point, going to the food bank at the Eagle Point Church of the Nazarene. Some will go to the Table Rock Fellowship Church, where they are members.
The program begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. weekdays, and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Two weeks before Christmas it will be lights and music until 11 p.m.
There are candy canes for the children.
Dave and Dennise run up a rather high electrical bill each season, not to mention the amount of time involved in setting up the program. But, they don’t complain. They put smiles on the faces of all ages and they say after all, "Jesus is the reason for the season."
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent