Have you lost that Christmas feeling? There’s one place you might find it and that’s in downtown McMinnville. It is, literally, lit up like a Christmas tree.
This year’s Christmas decorations placed by the city of McMinnville are the biggest, brightest and most heartwarming display that's ever graced Main Street.
Over the past few weeks, city employees, led by landscape manager Hank Patton, have diligently been working on stringing lights, hanging bows, placing garland and adding spotlights to everything that's stationary. If it doesn't move, it's been adorned with a light as an estimated 50,000 to 55,000 bulbs are in place downtown.
It's safe to say McMinnville's halls have been decked with boughs of holly. The end result is a beautiful backdrop for the holiday season and a very bright reminder Christmas cheer is alive and well in Warren County.
The work has definitely been noticed. Westwood residents George and Barbara Dolzonek sent an email to the Standard that said, "We have lived in McMinnville 45 years and, in our opinion, this is the best downtown has ever looked during the Christmas season."
Downtown revitalization has been a pivotal part of creating a new sense of pride in our community. Vibrancy on Main Street has a way of extending past the city limits and reaching the far corners of the county.
The downtown lights exemplify this spirit of prosperity. McMinnville really is shining brighter than ever before.
During what can be a hectic Christmas dash with shopping madness and end-of-the-year commitments, it can often be difficult during this time of so-called peace to take a moment to relax.
We understand the holiday demands, but we'd like to make a suggestion. Take a moment this Christmas season to visit downtown McMinnville and enjoy the experience. Stroll the street or sit by the fountain and just relax. Enjoy some quiet reflection in an extremely beautiful setting.
The Southern Standard would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the city of McMinnville and specifically the employees who placed the decorations and brought Christmas cheer, at its very brightest, into our cozy hometown.