A view of ornaments from below on a Christmas tree in Jawbone Park. (Photo by Brian Bergstrom)

Bringing the seasons to life: Join Buckhannon’s Year-Round Decorating Committee

BUCKHANNON — One Buckhannon City Council member is leading a transformative initiative to infuse downtown with seasonal charm beyond just Christmas decorations.

The committee, formerly focused solely on yuletide adornments, has expanded its scope to include decorations for every season and is seeking new members and input, said city council member Pam Bucklew.

“It’s called the All-Season Downtown Decor Committee,” Bucklew explained. “We meet monthly at City Hall in the Council Chambers, typically on Mondays at 5:30. The specific dates vary, but we decide on them during each meeting. Our next meeting is March 11, 2024.”

The committee’s expansion beyond Christmas decorations stems from Bucklew’s vision to enhance downtown’s ambiance year-round.

“We realized there was a need for decorations during other seasons,” she said. “We want to bring vibrancy to downtown, not just during the holidays but throughout the year.”

Bucklew highlighted plans to secure funding for spring decor and expressed hopes of incorporating decorations for fall in the future. However, she emphasized the importance of community involvement, stating, “We’re actively seeking volunteers for ideas, planning, and physical labor. We need people to bring fresh perspectives and help make our vision a reality.”

Bucklew says her inspiration for more downtown décor sprouted out of the success the city has had with its Christmas decor in recent years.

“We wanted to refresh downtown and make it more inviting in all seasons,” she said. “Our goal is to attract visitors and host events year-round.”

Bucklew encourages participation from all community members.

“We need the energy and creativity of all generations to keep our downtown thriving,” she said. “Anyone interested in contributing ideas or lending a hand is welcome to join our meetings.”

The next meeting is planned for 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, and everyone is welcome.

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