Deal with 6-Flags brings a lot of light to Granville

denise-and-lightsBy Jaime Thomas

Granville is going to be lit up like never before this December.

Tens of thousands of LED lights, 14-foot high nutcrackers and more will illuminate the village as part of a collaborative holiday event on Dec. 6. And most of the overwhelming amount of materials came at a great discount.

“It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know,” said Denise Davies, deputy village clerk.

Local officials knew they wanted to add some oomph to this year’s Christmas tree lighting night. And board member Dean Hyatt, a water quality manager at Six Flags, knew his company had a huge amount of displays and decorating materials sitting around from a 2008 event.

So he asked officials at both the amusement park and the village if Granville could buy the lights and oversized figurines for a fraction of their market value.

“It was a phenomenal deal,” Davies said. Though she was not at liberty to reveal the price, she and Clerk Rick Roberts said the purchase was more of a donation.

Roberts said the deal provided the village with materials they never could’ve imagined buying otherwise. Not only are there thousands of basic white lights, but there are hardware materials, large 5 to 10-foot displays, banners and more.

“Just getting the stuff makes it possible. The village wouldn’t have been able to get stuff, and now we can work with that. Now that we’ve got those raw materials, we can divert our resources elsewhere.” he said, still in apparent awe of the massive amount of decorations. There’s so many adornments, in fact, that the Mayor approved 40 hours of overtime for department of public works employees to help set up everything.

Davies said every nook and cranny in the village will be decorated, from walkways between the two museums to small parks and spaces.

“This will be the biggest Christmas display ever. You’re going to find lights and decorations all over,” she said.

Both Hyatt and Roberts said the event is an expansion on last year’s Festival of Trees at the Slate Valley Museum and the tree-lighting in Veterans Park.

“We’re looking to build on an event that’s already been started. It was a great opportunity for the village. Sometimes it’s all about timing, and it was the right time,” Hyatt said.

Though officials admitted the installation and organization of this project is a bit daunting and planning is still underway, they said it is a joint effort.

“Something on this big of a scale brings the community together,” Roberts said. “There aren’t too many organizations that aren’t involved.”

The high school, for example, is offering big support. The junior class helped prepare for the installation this week, by unwrapping, sorting and testing some of the more than 20,000 LED lights. The senior class will help install these decorations as a capstone project, and art students are renovating Chamber of Commerce decorations that were in serious need of repair.

In addition to a special synchronized tree-lighting happening, the event will take place in conjunction with the Slate Valley Museum’s Festival of Trees and First Friday at the Pember Library and Museum.

“It’s a tremendous amount of work, and it’s going to be a tremendous amount of fun,” Hyatt said. “It’s going to be a great, wonderful holiday; I hope everyone comes out.”




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