Five Questions on Light Up Shawnee

Five Questions on Light Up Shawnee

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It’s true that holidays bring people together.

The organizers of the first ever Light Up Shawnee hope that’s the case this Saturday.

On Dec. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m., the Shawnee Neighborhood Association and area churches are inviting people to their holiday event at French Plaza and Amy and Market. They hope it will be such a success that it will become an annual tradition.

Tony French came up with the idea. He retired from Phillip Morris in 1998 and then purchased the strip mall where Light Up Shawnee will be held. He’s been making improvements to it, adding a medical and dental clinic, Pizza Hut, Metro PCS, beauty salon, and a tax office. He also added a drive-thru ATM and a UPS Locker. There’s still a large vacant space where he would like to add a grocery store.

His wife manages a community garden in the property they own across the street. They are working to make people proud to call Shawnee home.

Here are my five questions with Tony French about Light Up Shawnee.

1.) Who’s idea was Light Up Shawnee?

We had a Shawnee Neighborhood Association Christmas dinner/party last year and I thought it is time we make a positive statement in our neighborhood and in the city.

2.) What will those who attend get to enjoy?

We hope a lot of Louisville, especially Shawnee residents, will attend. We have invited several area choirs to entertain, and people can bring their little ones to see Santa Claus as well.

3.) What type of message do you want Light Up Shawnee to send?

This kind of event will show those who attend that we can celebrate in a peaceful and joyful manner.

4.) How did you come up with this year’s theme -- We are the light of the world?

Matthew 5 verse 14 says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” That says we need to make our residents proud of our community.

5.) I hear the first 100 people will get a free cheeseburger. How did this come about?

One of our neighborhood association members has a relationship with Waffle House. They offered free cheeseburgers to the first 100 attendees.

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