2017-11-15 / News

Downtown Christmas decoration project has grown

by Trish Rudder


Refurbished lanterns are ready to go up on the town streetlights for the Winter Fest Christmas parade. Refurbished lanterns are ready to go up on the town streetlights for the Winter Fest Christmas parade. Berkeley Springs resident Hunter Clark, who chairs the town’s Christmas Decorations Project committee, told the Bath Town Council on November 7 that he has collected more than $2,500 for town Christmas light decorations and hopes to have as much as $3,000 by the end of the year.

Clark said the town only spent $88 on decorations and all other funds have been donated, including children who donated their allowance toward the project.

Clark said Amarie Farris, the daughter of Jimmy and Buffy Farris of Roy’s Service Center “took it upon herself” to set out a donation jar for the project and collected $80.33.

The old Christmas decorations were refurbished, and Clark said he and his wife cleaned, repaired, rewired and painted 29 lanterns that will hang on downtown streetlights.


Chantel Cain, right, standing in for Amarie Farris at Roy’s Service Center gave Hunter Clark the donation jar with collected funds for the Christmas project. Chantel Cain, right, standing in for Amarie Farris at Roy’s Service Center gave Hunter Clark the donation jar with collected funds for the Christmas project. He said it took more than six weeks to refurbish the lanterns.

Donated space at the Ice House will keep the decorations in good shape, Clark said, where the lights can hang instead of being placed on shelves.

There are new additions to the project this year.

Clark is working with Widmyer Elementary School teacher Dena Kerns who has made arrangements with art teacher Becky Smailes for students to decorate 400 clear plastic ornaments that will hang on town trees.

The students will have miniature figurines to place inside the ornaments and a note to Santa might be placed inside, Clark said.

Also two “Window Wonderland Projector” lights were donated, and one will be displayed on the door of the Morgan County Courthouse and the other on a window at Hunter’s Hardware.

Mayor Scott Merki said the Christmas lights will be lit on the north side of town first, and the lights for the south side of town still need more work. The lights on the north side will be ready in a couple of weeks, he said. “The Christmas Parade is coming up,” he said.

The Winter Fest parade will be held on Saturday, December 2, at 5 p.m. in Berkeley Springs.

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