Column: Bring on the lights ... and the volunteersThe kids are back in school, retailers have changed over their merchandise to welcome a new season and, believe it or not, work will get underway in just two weeks to prepare Bayfront Festival Park for the Bentleyville Tour of Lights.
By: Kristi Stokes, For the Budgeteer News
The kids are back in school, retailers have changed over their merchandise to welcome a new season and, believe it or not, work will get underway in just two weeks to prepare Bayfront Festival Park for the Bentleyville Tour of Lights.
With the above-average temperatures in August and September, the holiday season likely has been a thought off in the distance for most Duluthians. But that’s exactly what is on the minds of many who are busy trying to get Bayfront Park and Downtown Duluth ready for the holidays. After all, there are just ten weeks left before the Christmas City of the North Parade and the opening of Bentleyville.
Here’s your chance to play a role in the spectacular showcase of millions of lights along our Downtown Waterfront. Bentleyville is looking for volunteers to assist with setup every weekend from September 28 through November 3.
From unloading cargo containers and assembling displays to restoring and stringing lights, there is a tremendous amount of work and countless volunteer hours that go into this amazing Christmas lighting display. And who wouldn’t prefer to be stringing millions of lights and assembling decorations under mild fall conditions with sunshine, vs. finger-numbing temperatures as we get closer to event opening?
Plus, lunch is provided by one of our fine local restaurants every Saturday and Sunday.
Those who can’t lend a hand on the weekend can help crews working 5-8 p.m. every Wednesday, starting October 2.
Grab your colleagues or your neighbors and get a group together to volunteer your time and talent. More than 206,000 people attended Bentleyville last year, so your volunteer efforts would be making a significant impression on those who experience the magic of visiting this display.
Bentleyville is truly a gift to our community and it shines the spotlight on the Downtown Waterfront throughout the holiday season. It celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, so expect to see a few new things along with all of your favorite displays.
Surveys indicate that more than 40 percent of the visitors travel more than 50 miles to the event. This proves that Duluth continues to be a destination for all seasons. So, help spread some cheer this season by volunteering your time.
To offer your time to make the season brighter, just come to Bayfront Park on designated volunteer setup days or visit www.bentleyvilleusa.org for more information.
Together we can all make a difference!
Kristi Stokes is the president of the Greater Downtown Council in Duluth. Contact her at 727-8549 or by email at email@example.com.