Help ‘Light up the Town’ of Cumberland this holiday season

Help ‘Light up the Town’ of Cumberland this holiday season

CUMBERLAND – This town has shown through all of its challenges that nothing lifts up its residents more than each other, says Town Councilor Lisa Beaulieu. It’s time, she says, to shine that neighborly light brightly for all to see.

Beaulieu has organized the first Light up the Town Outdoor Holiday Decorating Contest, a holiday season event meant to spread some cheer and inspire hope at a time when many are feeling down.

This contest is meant to be a simple endeavor, Beaulieu told The Breeze, designed for nothing more than enjoyment. She said she was reading about the importance of the outdoor light displays at La Salette Shrine in this pandemic year, as well as people putting up their own lights earlier than ever, and felt this could further inspire some hope and positivity.

Residents are invited to register HERE.

All entries must be received no later than Saturday, Dec. 5. Maps will be made available online, marked with the participating addresses of homes and businesses, so Cumberland residents can view, enjoy and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

“We encourage everyone to enter, whether your display is large or small,” she said. “This is about spreading joy and happiness throughout our town.”

Viewing will be Dec. 14-20.

There are 10 award categories, with one winner per category:

• Spirit of Cumberland

• Most Creative

• Clark Griswold (lights and decorations to the extreme)

• Kid’s Award (designed and decorated by kids only)

• Best Theme (for example, sports, holiday movie, 2020 theme)

• Best Business

• Best Neighborhood (awarded to a group of homes)

• Mayor’s Award (judged by Mayor Jeff Mutter)

• Valley Breeze Award (judged by Breeze Editor Ethan Shorey)

• And People’s Choice Award (voting by residents on social media)

All entry forms are due by Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11:59 p.m.

Light displays must be lit during all contest viewing dates and times, Dec. 14-20, from 5 to 8 p.m. each day. Addresses must be in Cumberland.

Displays may consist of any winter holiday or theme. Use your imagination, anything goes, have fun.

By entering the contest, residents are agreeing to have their address on the map and on the list of addresses for promotional purposes of the contest online and in newspapers. Names or contact information will not be included on the map. Photos will be taken of home or business displays for the contest and shared online and in newspapers. Those who win will have their name or business name publicized and receive a winner yard sign on their lawn.

By entering the contest, residents agree and acknowledge that any volunteers are fully harmless for any and all losses that they may incur as a result of participating in the contest.

The public will judge the People’s Choice Award entry starting Dec. 14 and ending Dec. 21. All winners will be announced Dec. 23.

Email lisabeaulieu196@gmail.com with any questions.