KEESEVILLE — Veterans Park here is ready to go; Deborah and Larry Mills strung holiday lights there earlier this week.
Keesville Mayor Dale Holderman has kept busy with the same task, working Thursday to adorn the last few trees on Front Street.
The last finishing touches were applied to storefront windows decorated by Keeseville Elementary School students with help from art teacher Kelly Fitz.
“They look wonderful,” Mrs. Mills said.
Called “Let’s Light Up the Night,” the first-time holiday event is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the village. It was born of brainstorming ideas during a Keeseville Revitalization Committee meeting, Mrs. Mills said. Over the past year, Christmas had come up several times, and someone suggested the desire for an organized effort to decorate for the holidays.
In September, she suggested lighting up the trees, and the event grew from there.
“It’s a beautiful little village, and it’s sweeping us away how many people want this to happen,” she said. “People are really in the mood for this event.”
A plea was sent out to business owners and individuals to sponsor a tree with lights.
“The response has been heart-warming, enthusiastic and delightful,” said Mrs. Mills, who co-chairs the event with her husband. “Other groups and individuals have come forward to volunteer — there has been a great feeling of resurgence.”
The LED lights on nine Front Street trees and in the park will blaze to life at about 5 p.m., “after it’s good and dark,” she said.
But first, a Holiday Market of vendors will offer wares from a few of the empty storefronts on Front Street and from tables on the sidewalk.
For sale will be Christmas cookies and other baked goods, holiday greens, herbs and “all kinds of seasonal gifts and crafts,” Mrs. Mills said.