Museum lights city with holiday cheer

Locals may have noticed a glow near the Armstrong Air & Space Museum — but it is not the usual illuminated moon.
The Armstrong Air and Space museum is alight with holiday spirit, featuring its annual Holiday Light Display on the grounds in front of the museum.
"This is something we've been working on for four years," Museum Executive Director Chris Burton said.
For three weeks, Burton and the museum's Maintenance Technician Scott Walton were been busy building the holiday light display.
While neither are holiday decorating experts, Burton said they spent a lot of time deciding how to lay out the lights over the museum's rolling landscape.
One of the main attractions, Burton said, are the three "custom light sculptures," including figures of a saluting astronaut, Santa Claus, and a lunar module.
The sculptures were purchased from "Herman's Christmasland," the same store from which the city's snowflake lights were purchased.
"We tried to make the display as unique as possible," Burton said, "with all things you would see at a space museum."
Some of the other features of the light display include an inflatable Snoopy on an airplane, the planet Saturn, the color spectrum, a planetarium and Apollo 8's orbital path around the moon and back to Earth.
"We tried to keep the display connected to the mission of the museum," Burton said.
For more information, see the Friday, Dec. 13 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.