Don McKimmy blows leaves off of his decorated lawn on Shady Glen Avenue, aka Lollipop Lane, in Vacaville Sunday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Don McKimmy blows leaves off of his decorated lawn on Shady Glen Avenue, aka Lollipop Lane, in Vacaville Sunday. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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Candy Cane, Lollipop lanes taking shape

By From page A3 | November 27, 2011

VACAVILLE — Don McKimmy was putting up the Lollipop Lane sign Sunday, beginning the transformation of Shady Glen Avenue into the spectacle of lighted trees, Santa Clauses and, of course, lollipops.

“It’s a lot of work,” McKimmy said, looking at his yard.

Unlike most of the homes on the street, McKimmy’s work is already finished. The McKimmy home at the foot of Lollipop Lane has a set of wooden Charlie Brown characters and several lighted lollipops, which McKimmy makes himself.

McKimmy, who has lived in his house for 15 years, brought one of the lollipops to his new next-door neighbor to start him off on the right foot.

Sunday was the first night Joey and Kristin Perkins slept in their new home. The Perkins put a string of lights on the house and plan on putting up more decorations, something the old owners refused to do.

First, they need to finish landscaping the front yard.

It will be tough to compete with neighbors, said Joey Perkins, so he plans to add to his collection each year.

The yard across the street is covered with lighted decorations, including stuffed bears on a teeter-totter and tin foil completely covering a pruned tree.

“When it is all lit up it looks like Disneyland across the street,” said Joey Perkins.

Living on Candy Cane or Lollipop during Christmas time can be costly. McKimmy said his utility bill increases $100 or more during the month. But it is worth it, he added.

On Candy Cane Lane less than half of the homes had decorations. Some were not turned on at 5 p.m.

Military veteran Rick Rampone was sitting on his porch near a fire enjoying his lights. In 1990 he and his son made several candy canes and used them to decorate their house — Candy Cane Lane grew from there. Rampone has since made more than 100 wooden candy canes, giving them to neighbors to spread the holiday cheer.

“That’s one of the originals,” he said, pointing to one on his lawn. “Still hanging in there.”

Reach David DeBolt at 427-6935 or [email protected] 

David DeBolt

David DeBolt

A native of Vacaville, DeBolt was a newspaperman in Palo Alto before coming home to work at the DR in June 2011. He covers education, county government and politics. His friends call him "Scoop."

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