Woodbury Lions Announces 2013 "Light Up Woodbury" Theme
The Woodbury Lions Club has announced that the theme for the 2013 "Light Up Woodbury" holiday decorating contest is “An Old Fashioned Christmas.”
Open to all residents and businesses in Woodbury, this is the second year that the Lions have sponsored this contest. “To make it fair, we put a number of possible themes in a bowl and drew one,” said event co-chairman Lion Frank Longo. “We’re looking for displays that capture what Christmas used to be,” explained event Chairman Lion Billy Hubert. “Lights on houses—especially blinking lights—decorated trees, and classic lawn displays are what we’re hoping for.”
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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 15th. During the week of December 23rd, 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. Frank and Barbara Quadrato, of Bethlehem Road were last year’s contest winners for their interpretation of the “Winter Wonderland” theme.
The Woodbury Lions are also lighting up the town by, once again, decorating the Leroy Anderson Memorial Bandstand at the North Green the weekend 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 24th 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’re placing ten-thousand sand-filled bags along the road in the afternoon, and then 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. Kits can be purchased from several locations in town, including Ace Hardware of Woodbury, C.L. Adams, Plant Country, and LaBonne's at both the Woodbury and Southbury stores.
We're looking for a number of volunteers to help set out and light Luminaria on Christmas Eve. The more people we have, the quicker we can finish. If you would like to help, email us at WoodburyCTLions@gmail.com