2014 "Light Up Woodbury" Theme is "Blue Christmas"
The Woodbury Lions Club has announced that the theme for the 2014 "Light Up Woodbury" holiday decorating contest is “Blue Christmas.”
Open to all residents and businesses in Woodbury, this is the third year that the Lions have sponsored this contest. “It’s just a fun event for the town,” explained Lion President Frank Longo. “Blue lights, blue ornaments, or blue spruce. Just as long as it’s blue, it’s suitable,” said event chairman Lion Billy Hubert about the theme. “Displays that feature Elvis will also be acceptable,” he added.
Contestants need to print and fill out a form, available from the Lion's website, and send it to the Lions with a $10 entry fee postmarked by December 20. By December 31, the judging committee will visit each entry and decide which house or business decorations best meets the announced theme. The prize is dinner for two with the Lions Club at one of their meetings. Patrick Kelly, of Main Street North, was last year’s contest winners for his interpretation of the “An Old Fashioned Christmas” theme.
The Woodbury Lions are also lighting up the town by, once again, decorating the Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand at the North Green the Sunday after Thanksgiving. “It’s a lot of fun for us,” said Event Chairman Lion Jim Conway. "It's one of our gifts to thank the town for all the support we get from Woodbury for our other events during the year."
This will also be the 25th year that the Lions will line Main Street with luminaria on Christmas Eve. Event Chairman Lion Cliff Ritter is hoping that there are people in town who would like to help. “It’s a massive project,” he explained. “We place thousands of sand-filled bags along the road in the afternoon, and then we go back at dusk to light them. The more people we have to help, the faster we can set out the luminaria and get home to celebrate with our families.” Ritter also is looking for volunteers to help with the clean up early Christmas morning. People interested in assisting the Lions with this annual tradition can contact Ritter through email, WoodburyCTLions@gmail.com .
For those who don't want to build a display for their house, but still want to help light up Woodbury, the Lions will also be selling Luminaria Kits. The kits include 12 bags and candles, and instructions on how to put the Luminaria together and light them. The Woodbury LEO clubs will be selling them in front of LaBonne’s Supermarket on December 14. The cost is $9 per kit. They are also available for purchase from several locations in town, including C.L. Adams, Ace Hardware of Woodbury, Plant Country, and at LaBonne’s.