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Let's light that tree!

Sandy Main Street promotions committee looks for help from community


by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - POST PHOTO: JIM HART Sandy Jordan gestures toward the tall tree she hopes to light for the 2013 holiday season.Besides her part-time work at the Sandy Historical Museum, Sandy Jordan has another focus for her days off. She’s the unofficial chairwoman of the promotions committee for Sandy Main Street.

She and five other committee members organize activities that provide incentives for people to visit businesses in the downtown core — activities such as the First Friday, Trick or Treat Trail and holiday tree lighting events.

These are events designed to instill community pride, Jordan said, and an awareness of the products and services available at local businesses.

With the November First Friday already organized and October’s Trick or Treat Trail done, the focus is on lighting the holiday tree.

Jordan admits it’s a long shot to hope enough donations ($3,000-$5,000) would be received in the next couple of weeks so there would be enough time to get new lights all over the large tree this holiday season.

But that’s the preferred plan.

If that doesn’t turn out to be possible, by the 2013 season she is certain the tree would be lighted for holiday activities in the plaza.

The committee began its fundraising recently with a $500 donation from one business and the offer of use of equipment and manpower to place the lights on the big tree.

That plan would work, as long as the tree isn’t more than 85-90 feet tall. The equipment that will be loaned to place lights on the tree only reaches 85 feet above the ground.

Jordan estimates the tree would need about 30,000 lights for adequate coverage.

“We want it to be a spectacular tree,” she said. “Look at the people we could draw. We could have a really great annual (event) near the biggest tree in the area.”

But there is a Plan B, in case donations run low and Main Street can’t buy enough lights to cover the tall tree.

“We have an offer of a 25-foot tree (from a local tree farmer) that we can put in the plaza,” she said. “That would be for this year, and we would continue collecting donations and buying G-12 LED lights to cover the big tree next year.”

The Sandy Main Street committee working on this project includes Jordan as well as Julie Kennedy, Charity Chalmers, Chelse Boppre, Carol Cohen and Lois Coleman.

Whatever tree is used and lighted, the event surrounding the lighting of the tree would include carol singing, hot chocolate, cookies and a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.

Sounds like what might happen in any family’s home during the holidays, only this is happening in the community’s living room — Centennial Plaza.

Jordan is looking for anyone who has the equipment to accurately estimate the height of the tree, which would help estimate the amount of light bulbs and cords necessary and thereby make it easier to estimate the amount of donations needed.

Contact Jordan at the Sandy Historical Society, 503-668-3378 or at her cell phone, 503-522-6093.