‘It looks the best it’s ever looked’: People can vote for favorite decorated lamppost in Orange

  • The lampposts in downtown Orange have been decorated for the season. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The lampposts in downtown Orange have been decorated for the season. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The lampposts in downtown Orange have been decorated for the season. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • There are 26 decorated lampposts (with one named for each letter of the alphabet) throughout the main-streets intersection and an additional two (named “B1” and “B2”) at the boathouse on East River Street in Orange. Courtesy map

Staff Writer
Published: 12/20/2021 3:10:48 PM
Modified: 12/20/2021 3:10:36 PM

ORANGE — Santa Claus isn’t supposed to play favorites, but you can.

Orange businesses and nonprofits have, for the fourth straight year, paid to deck out downtown lampposts to spread holiday cheer, and people are encouraged to visit the town’s website to vote for the one they think is best.

There are 26 decorated lampposts (with one named for each letter of the alphabet) throughout the main-streets intersection and an additional two (named “B1” and “B2”) at the boathouse on East River Street.

“I think it looks the best it’s ever looked,” said Tom Smith, a member of the Orange Merchants Group, which organizes the activity. “To be honest with you, I think it looks amazing.”

Anyone can visit bit.ly/323HqkG to find the map to determine which letter corresponds with their favorite and make their selection. Voting closes Dec. 29. Smith said the top three vote-earners (announced around Dec. 30) will win gift certificates.

A lamppost sponsored by Revival Wheeler Mansion is covered with silver garland and ornaments, while the one for Witty’s Funeral Home includes Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. One for Whitten Enterprises/The Pie Ladies is decorated with warm woolen mittens, cream-colored ponies, brown paper packages tied up with strings and other “favorite things” described in the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein song from “The Sound of Music.”

Smith said the lamppost decorations worked slightly differently this year, as businesses and organizations paid $30 to decorate a lamppost once in the fall and once for the holidays.

“It made it easier for everybody to keep the same lampposts (from the fall),” he said.

The money generated is used to purchase future holiday decorations for around town. Previous money raised has bought the light skyline from the Fire Station to the boathouse as well as decorations for Memorial Park. No tax money is used to decorate these lampposts.

Smith said donations for decorations are also being accepted at Trail Head Outfitters and General Store at 1 South Main St. Or, checks made payable to Witty’s Funeral Home can be sent to 158 South Main St., Orange, MA 01364.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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