Cross Road Christmas grows in Alna

Sun, 12/01/2019 - 3:00pm

Alna’s John Hardman has always been fond of roadside Christmas displays. Childhood Christmastimes included parents David Sr. and Judy driving him around to look at the lights. “That was a highlight of the holiday season,” John Hardman, 54, recalled. And his father did a display every year. “It was a very fond memory.”

The 1983 Wiscasset High School graduate has had his own for 15 years at 268 Cross Road. It grows a little each year, takes weekends to set up, adds only $20-$30 to his light bill thanks to being mostly LEDs, and has a Facebook page, “Cross Road Christmas.” The display has music, too. And yes, Virginia, there’s an app for that.

“The music box has an app that allows me to change the music and sync the lights to the music if I want. I have been sticking with leaving them on solid most of the time this year. (It) was getting a bit flashy.”

Showing Wiscasset Newspaper around the yard Sunday with his Puerto Rican rescue dog Bella in her gingerbread man sweater, Hardman said the lights and music, from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to Mannheim Steamroller, are on from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The items vary in age. One Santa and a reindeer are 1960s-era, he said.

He isn’t sure how many people view the display each year, since they mostly drive by like his family did. But he hopes, however many do, the Facebook page, new this year, will help spread the word and the Christmas cheer.

“I just enjoy doing it.”