Orange invites people to vote for favorite downtown holiday decorations

  • The town invites people to vote for their favorite holiday-decorated lamp post in downtown Orange. At least two of this year’s decorated lamp posts are Grinch-themed. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The town invites people to vote for their favorite holiday-decorated lamp post in downtown Orange. People can vote on the town’s website, where they will also find a map of where the lamp posts are. Voting closes Dec. 30. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The town invites people to vote for their favorite holiday-decorated lamp post in downtown Orange. People can vote on the town’s website, where they will also find a map of where the lamp posts are. Voting closes Dec. 30. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The town invites people to vote for their favorite holiday-decorated lamp post in downtown Orange. People can vote on the town’s website, where they will also find a map of where the lamp posts are. Voting closes Dec. 30. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • The town invites people to vote for their favorite holiday-decorated lamp post in downtown Orange. People can vote on the town’s website, where they will also find a map of where the lamp posts are. Voting closes Dec. 30. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 12/6/2020 2:48:40 PM
Modified: 12/6/2020 2:48:38 PM

ORANGE — The town invites people to vote for their favorite holiday-decorated lamp post in downtown Orange.

For the third consecutive year, Orange businesses jumped at the chance to be assigned a post to deck out with holiday cheer. There are 28 embellished lamp posts (one for each letter of the alphabet, plus two) throughout the main-streets intersection as well as in Orange Riverfront Park and along Depot Street.

The voting mechanism and a map of the posts is available on the town’s website at rb.gy/fnlqmu. Voting closes Dec. 30.

Selectboard member Tom Smith said he came up with the idea three years ago after wishing something could be done to make the downtown lamp posts more festive during the holiday season.

“It just kind of came to me,” he said. “I’m happy to do it.”

At least two of this year’s decorated lamp posts are Grinch-themed, paying homage to an American Christmas classic. One featured some stuffed gnomes around a mushroom and another was wrapped in decorative snowflakes. Smith said the Quabbin Harvest food co-op was last year’s winner.

Smith explained each business is asked to donate $30 for the privilege of decorating a post. This money is used to purchase future holiday decorations for around town. Previous money raised bought the light skyline from the fire station to the nearby boathouse as well as decorations for Memorial Park. Smith stressed that “not a nickel” of municipal money is used to decorate the posts.

Repeat participants are assigned a different lamp post from the year prior, Smith said, and all are required to not obstruct the illumination.

Smith said donations for decorations are also being accepted at Trail Head Outfitters & General Store at 1 South Main St. and Bates Crafters Gallery at 80 New Athol Road. Checks can also be made payable to Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, MA 01364.

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


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