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Lights and music help local house stand out during the holidays

Local musician brings holiday tune to annual light show

Kerri Smith's tune "Happy Holiday" plays as part of the State College Holiday Lights show on Harvest Run Road in State College.
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Kerri Smith's tune "Happy Holiday" plays as part of the State College Holiday Lights show on Harvest Run Road in State College.

An address seems like a quaint idea when it comes to finding the Stoner house.

During the holidays, there’s enough light emanating from there to guide a small plane home to State College, but for expediency purposes try plugging 107 Harvest Run Road North into the navigation system and maybe stop for sunglasses along the way.

Owners Eric and Karen Stoner know how to put on a show. They have literally stopped traffic on more than one occasion (they ask that ogling motorists keep to one side of the road) and have given close to some 30,000 bulbs a good home this holiday season.

“We’re trying to remind people ‘hey, let’s be happy and enjoy the holidays,’ ” Eric Stoner said.

We’re trying to remind people ‘hey, let’s be happy and enjoy the holidays.’

Eric Stoner

Each light sequence has traditionally been paired with a soundtrack of Christmas favorites, but this year the Stoners were able to enlist the help of local musician Kerri Smith.

Smith’s tune “Happy Holiday” was featured in the Hallmark original movie “Finding Santa,” but locals can hear it without ever having to leave their car.

The song receives top billing in this year’s light show, and Smith seems thrilled to see her work illuminated.

“It’s like the beginning of any album. It’s supposed to grab you and pull you in,” Smith said.

It’s like the beginning of any album. It’s supposed to grab you and pull you in.

Kerri Smith

The Stoner’s 9-year-old daughter Lizzy programmed the light sequence that went along the song while she was stuck at home sick with strep throat.

She included a lot of sparkling to complement Smith’s upbeat ditty.

“It’s very happy and cheery and that’s the kind of song I like,” Lizzy said.

Each year, the Stoners ask their viewers to make a donation to a different charity at their website, statecollegelights.com.

This season, they’ve turned their efforts to The Jared Box Project, a nonprofit that makes sure children stuck in the hospital have containers full of toys, games and gifts to keep them preoccupied.

Director Cindy Kolarik said she was touched and delighted when the Stoners approached her with their plan.

“They’re providing this wonderful entertainment and holiday joy for families,” Kolarik said.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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