Wake Forest Baptist's Moravian Star
Every year a 31-foot Moravian star sparkles 12 stories up on top of the roof of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center ushering in the holidays, and it shines bright this season for the 20th year. Shirley Hasty, a secretary in chaplaincy and pastoral education at Wake Forest Baptist, left a lasting legacy to the medical center and the community when she initiated the idea for the 3,400-pound star in 1992.
Hasty, who has since passed away, worked with a sign company in Lexington to design and build the one-of-a-kind star. It has 27 points that range in length from seven to 11 feet long and weigh from 30 to 65 pounds each. Each of the 27 points is illuminated by a 100-watt bulb.
The 20th anniversary of the Christmas star lighting and worship service will be held Monday, Nov. 26, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The service, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the top level of Wake Forest Baptist’s Eden Terrace parking deck off Hawthorne Road.
Learn more about the history and meaning of our Moravian Star in the videos below.
Watch the time lapse video of the star being assembled. (Scroll to the bottom of the release)