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2017-06-14 / Front Page

Renovation Help Sought for Christmas Bells


From left: Newberry Village officials, Dennis Hendrickson, Jennifer James- Mesloh, John Dewitt and Sharon Brown pose with a set of Christmas Bells during last April’s Chamber of Commerce dinner. From left: Newberry Village officials, Dennis Hendrickson, Jennifer James- Mesloh, John Dewitt and Sharon Brown pose with a set of Christmas Bells during last April’s Chamber of Commerce dinner. Each Christmas season residents and visitors are dazzled by a tunnel of red and white bells, stars and boughs strung along Newberry Avenue. These lights are an annual tradition for the Newberry area and a highlight of the season for many.

For years the lights have been kept together with patches and tape, and their age is beginning to show.

Specifically, the frames for the lights are rusting, the cloth covering the bells is ripped and the boughs that go on the light poles are in significant need of updating.

That is why Terese Schummer and Paula Maki are going to hold a meeting this Thursday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Newberry Administration Building, across the street from the Water and Light Building on McMillan Avenue.

It’s hoped the meeting will generate ideas and people that want to lend their expertise to update and repair the lights and boughs.

To understand the scope of the project: there are 60 small and large red balls, 60 white balls, 30 two-sided stars and 60 boughs. Covering the lights is a cotton duck fabric.

Local historian Sterling McGinn is researching the history of the lights, and any information that can be provided and shared will be greatly appreciated. Local artisans and seamstresses are needed, along with those who just want to see the lights restored and are willing to help.

Fundraisers are beginning to be formulated, including a crowdfunding page and a donation match event at Rahilly IGA in the near future.

Anyone who would like to help out in any way, whether volunteering, donating or lending a bit of expertise, can attend the June 15 meeting. Those who cannot attend the meeting but still want to help can email save the bells2017@gmail.com or call 293-3884.

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