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Press file photoJoe and Carol Polenchar decorate their home, 36 Franklin St., Whitehall, each year with elaborate displays and use the recognition to collect donations for Second Harvest Food Bank. Press file photoJoe and Carol Polenchar decorate their home, 36 Franklin St., Whitehall, each year with elaborate displays and use the recognition to collect donations for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Let the light show begin

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Samantha Anderson sanderson@tnonline.com in Local News

Whitehall couple uses holiday display to collect for Second Harvest Food Bank

Each year, Joe and Carol Polenchar “deck the halls” of their 36 Franklin St., Whitehall, home for the holiday season. This year promises not to disappoint.

According to the Polenchars, they add to the show every year. They report having 208 channels, two 8-foot mega trees, an 8-foot spiral tree, several mini trees, arches and fans as part of the massive display that adorns the front of their home. One of the most exciting features is the decorations and lights move and change to the music they play.

Five years ago, the couple noticed how much attention their annual display received and decided to use their recognition for good. They are once again taking donations for Second Harvest Food Bank.

There is a wish list of items lit up next to sturdy waterproof containers to hold donated foodstuffs.

Can’t find the bins? Just look for the multicolor LED spotlights the Polenchars have dedicated to the donation zone. After every sixth song, a recording plays to announce the donations and features Second Harvest Food Bank.

Santa Claus himself is a big fan of the couple’s decorated home. He will make an appearance 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 20, 21 and 22. As a treat, Santa will give out candy canes to the people who stop by and enjoy the display.

The Polenchars’ home has even been featured on Channel 69 news in recent years.

The shows run 6-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 6-10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The performances begin Thanksgiving night and end New Year’s Day. There are extended hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Tune your car radio to 92.3 FM to listen to the music the lights are dancing to in the warmth and comfort of your own vehicle.

To get to the festive home, turn onto Grape Street from MacArthur Road by City View Diner and follow it past the mall entrances. Continue straight until the road meets Front Street. Turn left. The next intersection is Front and Franklin streets. The house is on the corner with the entrance facing Front Street.