The Duncan Banner

October 21, 2012

Holiday lights to bring new glow to Main Street Duncan

Rebeka Rutledge
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — For the first time in the six years since Tammy Johnson took her position as director of Main Street Duncan, they are getting something new.

Just Friday, Main Street got in $2,200 worth of brand new Christmas lights for the upcoming holiday season. Funds raised from the Main Street Banquet cake auction, as well as those made from selling Main Street storage items paid for the items.

“We had some items that weren’t being used, so we offered to sell them to Main Street members at great prices,” Johnson said.

The lights will begin to be put up next week and are they are commercial grade LED raspberry lights. Johnson said that Main Street Board President Micah Harper picked them out during a lighting seminar and she hadn’t even ever seen them as of Friday.

“They’re going to be as much a surprise to me as anyone else,” she said. “(Harper) said ‘Main Street’ is going to be visible from space this year.”

What’s even more it that there was enough money left over to purchase three new cigarette receptacles. Johnson said that many Main Street businesses use coffee cans but now they will have something much nicer.

“It’s exciting when you get new and I can’t even remember us getting anything new,” she said.

Main Street’s new lights will be wrapped around the poles and will take about two weeks to completely get put up. Johnson said she hopes to have an official lighting ceremony during Main Street’s Holiday Stroll on Nov. 17.

Getting the new lights and providing some of the Main Street businesses with strings of lights from their storage to put in the windows has generated more excitement downtown for the holidays.

“We’re very happy to be able to get them and can’t wait for the public to see them,” she said. “We want people to come downtown to look at lights, we want it to be something to see this Christmas.”