Connellsville businesses asked to decorate their windows
When shopping in Connellsville this holiday season, people should notice colorfully decorated windows and storefronts at many businesses.
“Believe in Connellsville” is sponsoring a decorating contest to help celebrate the Christmas season.
The program encourages business owners to decorate their storefronts and windows quickly in time for Connellsville's Light-up Night on Saturday.
Festivities include the Christmas parade, Santa and fireworks — and the beauty of glittering windows and storefronts.
Businesses will become a destination point during Downtown Connellsville's “It's A Connellsville Christmas” on Dec. 1-2, as well as holiday activities Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the community center.
Several businesses already have their windows decorated for holiday shoppers and passing traffic:
• Atkins Music Center, on West Crawford Avenue, has sparkling white lights with poinsettias and musical instruments, including a drum representing the Little Drummer Boy.
Store owner Denise Friel changes her business' appearance each year.
• ArtWorks Connellsville has some of the creations of its 80 local artisans displayed. Plentiful holiday gifts are available.
• The new T&A House of Treasures features holiday decor in all the window displays of furniture and collectibles.
• Connellsville Community Ministries displays some of the items for sale in its Christmas Room.
• Hobbys ‘n Stuff and Pat's Bridal each have displays of holiday merchandise.
• La Boheme, Lid'l Lyn's and Spotto's are just a few of the businesses that already have decorated for the Christmas season.
A decorating contest is open to all businesses around town.
“We hope everyone will do their part in helping to add joy to the community at Christmas time with any and all types of decorations. Both businesses and residences do a fantastic job in decorating. We just thought we would like to recognize a business this year with a plaque for the one chosen as the winner,” said Judy Keller, an organizer of “Believe in Connellsville”
“We are already considering expanding the contest next year for homeowners to participate for a plaque in the residential category” she said.
“We encourage every business to participate to help boost community spirit. Economic times are challenging for everyone, but our community is strong and has endured hardships in the past. The glow from our community will shine all season long,” Keller said.
“Let's make this year's ‘It's a Connellsville Christmas' bigger, brighter and better,” said Sheryl Craven, also an organizer of the decorating contest.
Judging will take place on Dec. 15. Factors are illumination, creativity, imagination, originality and preparation.
Businesses planning to participate should call the committee at 724-628-3639 or 724-628-1513.
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Connellsville,” said Keller.
Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.