Luminarias Bring out Highlanders, Angels, and Santa

In spite of pandemic limitations, Coleman Highlands finished 2020 on a high note with our traditional luminarias event. This year all materials were sourced from Kansas City merchants, namely Index Restaurant Supply (paper bags), Sturgis Materials (sand), and Creative Candles (votives). Neighborhood angels stepped up to fold 1,700 bags that were used in our endeavor—their handiwork reduced the cost of this event by half!

On a chilly, windy Thursday morning, a masked collection of elves formed a luminaria assembly line, fueled by Broadway Café coffee, community spirit, and laughter. It’s no surprise, then, that Santa checked in on the progress. After giving his compliments to the Eagle Scout (who stoked the chiminea fire) and a “ho-ho-ho” of approval, off he sleighed as elves scampered to deliver the treasures to sidewalks throughout our neighborhood. That evening the spirit of Robert Coleman calmed the wind gusts and luminaries waved their butane-filled wands across the Highlands. Frigid temps kept most walkers at home, but the glowing lights were enjoyed from many porches and warm window viewpoints.

This annual tradition is made possible by the efforts of our volunteers and the support of our Neighborhood Association members. Thank you everyone!