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Moravian Star on the Hospital

Moravian Star on the Hospital

Shirley Hasty, secretary in Pastoral Care and one of the chairwomen of the Medical Center’s decorations committee, came up with the idea for a star on top of the hospital in 1990. She worked with Jack Boles, manager of Engineering’s carpentry/decorating section, to make it happen. The star was made and finished by Chris Hargett of Cosco Sign Company of Lexington, NC in 1992. The core of the star alone weighs 1,100 pounds. The entire star with the twenty-six points attached weighs in at 3,400 pounds. The core is cranked up and down from the North Tower building every year from the first Sunday in Advent until the first Sunday in Epiphany (December 6th to January 6th). The “points”, which are eight and eleven feet, are then bolted and unbolted to the core every season. Each point of the star is covered with a nylon-mesh fabric that is made to fit it just like a sock. The star is lit with 150-watt floodlights, one for each of the points. Calvin Knight, director of Church and Community Relations noted that this Moravian star was conceived by an Episcopalian and built by a Methodist to go atop a Baptist institution. It symbolizes the spirit of community at the Medical Center.

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