Second annual Light the Common promises to be spectacular and joyful

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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

The Shrewsbury Town Common in 2019
File photo/Jerry Callahan

Shrewsbury – This December the Shrewsbury Town Center Association (STCA) will present the second annual Light the Common display, which organizers said will be “bigger and brighter” than last year’s inaugural event. 

The initial date the lights first go on is not being made public, due to the pandemic. 

“2020 has been a year of great challenges. Last year, the first annual Light the Common was a great success and so we wanted to expand this year’s display to lift spirits and bring joy to people of all ages,” reflected Moira Miller, STCA vice-president. 

“The STCA thought it was essential to acknowledge that 2020 has been a difficult year for many in our community,” agreed STCA President Maribeth Lynch. “By lighting up the Common, we symbolically go from darkness to light.”

While the lights will shine, the difficult decision was made several weeks ago to forego the Yuletide Market because of the pandemic.

“We are all disappointed that we’re unable to host the Yuletide Market this year, but we hope expanding the light display will bring unity to our community and beyond,” Lynch said. 

She thanked their event’s Major Sponsor, Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union (SFCU),  as well as “all the individuals and organizations who donated to light the Town Common, and SELCO for their support again this year.”  

“The Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union is always happy to sponsor great local events but especially proud this year. ‘Light the Common 2020’ will be a bright spot at the end of a difficult year.  Thank you to all the volunteers who made this great event happen!” Jim Dupont, SFCU President and CEO said. 

“The Yuletide Committee did a fantastic job seeking donations, big and small, and we are grateful for the support from throughout our community,” Miller noted. 

“We hope people will enjoy a walk through (following COVID-19 regulations) or drive-by to enjoy the lights this holiday season,” she added. 

The Shrewsbury Media Connection will be filming the night the lights go on and will air that on the SMC YouTube Channel at https://www.shrewsburymediaconnection.org

To learn more or to donate, visit https://www.shrewsburytca.com.