Well - we're almost there! The kick off for this year's Grand
Illumination is this coming Friday night with the Christmas Parade.
Line up is at 5 - festivities start at 6pm. I have a few loose ends
to wrap up - questions and reminders, etc.
1.) We are actually MISSING some of the decorations for Santa's
Village. :( We planned for fixing some things and adding to it...but
didn't realize several pieces were missing. Various items were
stored in the little green building owned by the town...and at least
a couple of individual's basements. If anyone knows what might have
happened to any items - and/or any other place they might have been
stored - please let us know quickly! There was a banner, some large
outdoor pre-lit "packages", and a some other items we can't find.
2.) We could still use at least some more lighted reindeer and
spiral trees to fill the space...especially since we are missing
some items. If anyone would like to donate these items and/or money
to buy/replace them...that would be wonderful! We DO really need
them before Friday morning. Contact Lynda and/or me...you could also
drop anything by Alderson's Store. (While we do appreciate any
donations, at this point we really need NEW items that we know will
work. It's too late to be testing and fixing things for this year.
3.) I think all of the buildings that are normally lit up now in the
Historic District are ready to go...if not, please make sure they
are! Also, I think most businesses have their windows decorated,
etc. Things are looking great!
4.) Please decorate your own homes if you can at all (I know many
people are putting all their energy into their businesses and public
buildings....) - and encourage all of your friends and neighbors in
town to do the same thing! We would like to work on being known as a
sort of "Christmas Town" along with our Best 4th of July
Celebration....so, the more decorations and lights all over town,
5.) I never received any photographs to put together a Facebook page
specifically for the Grand Illumination...which is not to say that
it's too late. If anyone has some from last year, feel free to still
email them to me. AND, please be sure to take lots of photos this
year of all the events throughout the month of December. If I can
start a page now...we can be updating and reminding people all month
that things are going on. But, at the very least, we'll have a good
collection of photos to choose from to start promoting next year's
Illumination early on!
Thanks again so much to everyone for all the hard work going in to
this - you all are awesome! The Grand Illumination has taken off and
already grown beautifully. I look forward to adding even more to it
next year with your help!! :D