Following successful Christmas contest, some decorate Orange downtown for Valentine’s Day

  • Following a successful Christmas contest, some businesses have decked out lampposts in downtown Orange in celebration of Valentine’s Day. This time, there’s no entry fee and no voting; it’s just for fun. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Following a successful Christmas contest, some businesses have decked out lampposts in downtown Orange in celebration of Valentine’s Day. This time, there’s no entry fee and no voting; it’s just for fun. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 2/8/2021 2:15:07 PM
Modified: 2/8/2021 2:15:05 PM

ORANGE — There’s no entry fee this time. No voting. It’s just for fun.

Following a third successful downtown decorating contest at Christmastime, some businesses have decked out lampposts in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Tom Smith, an Orange Merchants Group member who thought up the Christmas contest after wishing something could be done to make the center-of-town lampposts more festive during the holiday season, said someone inquired about decorating for the quintessential romantic holiday when he sent an email reminding participants to take down their Christmas decorations.

“I saw it as a no-hassle thing,” he said Friday, adding that he thought the new decor would help lift some spirits “with so much doom and gloom with COVID and so many people out of work.”

There were 27 lampposts decorated for Christmas, each with a $30 donation. Other donations were made and, according to Smith, $1,300 was raised to purchase future holiday decorations for around town. Previous money generated bought the light skyline from the Fire Station to the nearby boathouse, as well as decorations for Memorial Park. No municipal money is used to decorate the posts. People were invited to vote for their favorite and they picked the one decorated by Athol Credit Union.

Still, Smith, who is also an Orange Selectboard member, said far fewer businesses have opted to embellish a lamppost for Valentine’s Day than for Christmas.

“If people want to do it, they’ll do it,” he said.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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