Light Up Dunwoody will continue this year in the same place it’s been held for the past five.
But the Christmas tree and a six-foot menorah that had been proposed as part of the annual holiday festival will be moved across the street.
The Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Preservation Trust compromised to keep the traditional lighted festival going.
“I’m glad to see that cooler heads prevailed,” Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis said.
The DHA’s proposal to add the six-foot menorah to the property at the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse caused its owner, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, to reject any potentially religious symbol at the annual event. Co-presidents of the trust said the mission to include all residents meant restricting non-secular objects on the property.
“Because some holiday symbols are open for individual interpretation, we respectfully request that the DHA move the tree to another location,” Dunwoody Preservation Trust said in a public statement.
DHA board member Richard Jones said in an email that he wanted to find a compromise that would benefit the event organizers, the community and the groups sponsoring Light Up Dunwoody.
“This is a celebration of good will,” Jones wrote. “Let’s not let it devolve into a negative source of ill will that all will regret.”
So, DHA President Robert Wittenstein and DHA board members sought a solution that would allow the menorah and Christmas tree to be displayed nearby, while keeping the traditional lights at the trust’s property, located at 5455 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.
The owner of Dunwoody Animal Clinic, Douglas Morgan, agreed to allow a tree and menorah on his property, across the street from the farmhouse, Wittenstein said.
“The DHA board of directors voted to hold Light Up Dunwoody at the farmhouse,” Wittenstein wrote in an email.
“This reverses a decision announced a week ago to find a new location for the event. We thank the [trust] for their willingness to allow us to produce the event on their property.”