Beautification Committee provides Christmas decor
Beautification committee provides Christmas decor
By Daniel Kennedy
For a third consecutive year, holiday decor will glow in the windows of Thomasville downtown businesses.
The Thomasville Beautification Committee collected and borrowed Christmas decorations that use to fill the storefronts of Main Street, primarily the former site of Belks.
Carol Brown, committee chairperson, is among several members who volunteer their time for two weeks prior to the Christmas parade.
"Last year was the first time we asked all the businesses to decorate for Christmas," Brown said. "This year, one of our projects was to replace the old lights (atop downtown buildings) with LED lights.
Even with new lights, the Committee seeks to preserve Thomasville’s downtown heritage.
“We used the old figurines that came out of the old Belk building, where the Emporium is now. We refurbished them, got them looking good and set them out."
The downtown buildings boast a room decorated like Santa's workshop. Todd Sechrist, a Beautification member who serves as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 57, provided old toys and toolboxes for the workshop room.
Meanwhile, wreaths, elves, snowmen, children, little chairs and an antique desk populate a Victorian Christmas room arranged by Beautification member Crystal Hodges.
"Every night, the lights come on at 5 p.m. to bring Thomasville to life," Brown said. "And each year, we change some of the decor to switch it up a little bit. We bring some of our own things to add to it and make it like a postcard picture. At night, it is really, really pretty."
Mayor Joe Bennett calls downtown“scenic.” He is very complimentary of the Committee’s work and is thankful for their contributions to the city’s attractiveness.
"The city Beautification Committee is a wonderful group of volunteers," said Bennett. "They're very innovative about making the city more attractive seasonally.
“To see those displays in windows, where there would otherwise be nothing...when you come through uptown Thomasville, you can't help but get into the spirit of Christmas."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.