By Monroe Roark
A new initiative by
McDonough’s Main Street program has spruced up the downtown area and
gotten more local residents involved in the process.
About two dozen Christmas
trees have been erected in the area for the Christmas Tree contest,
in which a panel will choose the three best-decorated trees and a
People’s Choice winner will also be chosen.
“We’re very excited about the
community involvement,” said Kira Harris-Braggs, the manager of the
Main Street program. “This is a first-time event and we’ve had so
many people interested in participating.”
Trees outside the McDonough
Welcome Center are entered in the Christmas tree contest.
The trees are being
displayed in different places around town, on the Square and in
front of selected local businesses. They are being showcased in
Downtown Christmas Tree Gardens, according to Braggs, so that
people can view them easily. A map, available at the Welcome
Center and on the Main Street web site, shows the locations of
“We thought that placing the
gardens throughout the downtown area would give people an added
incentive to visit more of the area, including some of the new
business locations,” said Braggs.
Two of those businesses,
Blumen Trio and Queen Bee Coffee, have recently relocated and the
trees are expected to help people find them at their new addresses.
Other tree locations include
Thompson Square Market, Moye’s Pharmacy and the McDonough Welcome
The actual decorating of the
trees has been done by a variety of organizations, including local
businesses as well as some individuals. Each tree has its own
One entry from a business
owner was built entirely of window panes and contains a small
vignette inside, Braggs said.
One local resident, a mother
whose son is currently serving overseas in the military, entered the
contest and put the word out in the community for others who would
like to share in the decorating activity. This has brought out
friends and even total strangers who have donated ornaments for the
tree, which has a patriotic theme.
The contest winners will be
announced Christmas Eve on the Main Street web site, Braggs said.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place as well as
the People’s Choice winner.
Proceeds from the contest
will benefit Haven House, a shelter for family members who are
victims of domestic violence.
Collection sites have been
placed throughout the downtown area for local shoppers and residents
who would like to donate directly to Haven House. The organization
also has a wish list of items desperately needed in December, and
that list can be downloaded from the Main Street web site.
Participating in the People’s
Choice voting is free, and all voters will be entered into a drawing
for a $100 gift certificate supplied by the Greater McDonough
“We’re hoping that people
will come out, bring their donations for the Haven House and see the
beautiful trees we have here,” said Braggs.
You can vote for your
favorite Christmas tree at the McDonough Welcome Center, Moye’s
Pharmacy & Gifts, Planters Antique Mall. Queen Bee Coffee, Blumen
Trio, Harding Plumbing and the Lunch Box.
www.mainstreetmcdonough.com for a map of the Christmas tree
gardens and a Haven House wish list.