Berryville’s Main Street to glow with hundreds of lights for the holidays

Posted: November 24, 2012

The Winchester Star

Berryville — Main Street will have a decided glow this holiday season, thanks to a new “Light Up the Town” program switching on next week.

Strands of white lights will be added to 10 hornbeam trees along Main Street and turned on at 6 p.m. Friday during the town’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, said Luanne Carey, manager of Berryville Main Street. The event will be held in Rose Hill Park.

“We just want to make it more festive and pretty at Christmas,” she said.

Hanging a few Christmas lights on a tree would appear to be an easy task, but the project has been a major undertaking, Carey said.

Organizers had to obtain permission from building owners to plug in the displays and even add electrical outlets where needed.

Combining those costs with buying the lights and trimming the trees to get them ready for use, the project’s budget will reach about $2,000, she said.

Berryville Main Street has started an “in memoriam” drive to help fund the project, Carey said. A sign will be placed at the base of each tree, and people can pay $10 to have the name of a loved one placed there.

“We are trying to get 20 names per tree, but more would be fabulous,” Carey said.

The deadline to place a name on a tree is Dec. 1.

The lights will be turned on the same night as the town’s tree-lighting ceremony, which is free and open to the public, Carey said.

The 6 p.m. ceremony will feature appearances by Mayor Wilson Kirby and Santa Claus, and caroling by the Clarke County Community Band and a new community choir.

Following the ceremony, participants can move inside the Barns of Rose Hill, next to the park, for more caroling and cookies, hot cider and cocoa.

The festivities will end with a Christmas CD release party for Ted Garber’s new album “Santa Claus is Goin’ to Town,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Barns. Tickets cost $5 for the concert.

The CD blends Garber’s blues- Americana rock style with Chrismas cheer. He was an artist in residence in 2010 at the Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, Md., and was the 2010 and 2011 winner of the Washington Area Music Association awards for Pop Rock Recording of the Year.

“Adopt” a light

The deadline to place a name in memoriam on the Light Up the Town trees is Dec. 1. For more information, call 540-955-4001.

For more information about Garber’s concert, call the Barns at 540-955-2004 or visit barnsofrosehill. org.

— Contact Laura McFarland at lmcfarland@winchesterstar.com