Recently, I renewed my Conner Prairie membership and was delighted to learn that Reynolds Farm Equipment is loaning their holiday light display to Conner Prairie.
Since moving to Carmel in 1999, heading over to the Fishers Reynolds location during the holiday season has been a highlight. Once our children arrived it became a yearly pilgrimage and a new Christmas tradition for our family. My small children were mesmerized by this Christmas curiosity and virtual wonderland of lights.
Last week while making a purchase at the Fishers Reynolds store, the rumor I heard earlier at Conner Prairie was confirmed by my salesman. He also informed me of the immense amount of work it takes to assemble, repair and maintain this masterpiece, not even mentioning the cost to illuminate this Christmas miracle that shines like a beacon on Highway 37.
Many thanks go to the Reynolds family for providing this Christmas tradition to our community free of cost for so many years. What an amazing gesture of generosity that is so indicative of the farming community that gives to help neighbors, not counting the cost, but sacrificially giving to meet the needs of others.
I hope the community will now come alongside Conner Prairie and Reynolds Farm Equipment to support this new endeavor. This is one tradition I would certainly be remiss to lose and I will be one of the first in line to financially support this cause for Christmas. I hope other Hoosier households will join me and come together to give back to preserve this Christmas family tradition for years to come.
Susan Chapman Porter, Carmel