To the editor:
Driving through downtown Bainbridge this time of year with the twinkling Stars-and-Scrolls holiday lights overhead, there’s some holiday magic that would be missed if not for the efforts of a community that wrapped itself around downtown shortly after Thanksgiving. We want to acknowledge the heroic efforts of several local groups and individuals who helped ensure that the holiday lights and traditions that mark the holiday season along Winslow Way happened this year:
Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, emergency decorating and lighting grant. This year the Downtown Association had hoped to brighten things up with a small investment and were able to do so thanks to an emergency grant of $4,000 from our local Bainbridge Island Rotary Club. The generous Rotary funds came at an especially meaningful time, with downtown reeling after Bob Cederwall’s unexpected passing only five days before the holiday lights were expected to go up. Rotary’s funds helped pay for a bucket truck, additional street banners, and resurrect the Stars-and-Scrolls for one more year.
F.O.B. (Friends of Bob), Community Tree decorations. Another group of Bob and his wife, Denise’s very close friends gathered on the Sunday following Bob’s death and decked out the community tree on Madrone Lane. In the tradition of the theatre, they rallied their “show must go on” spirit and purchased new decorations to make this year’s tree a spectacular tribute to Bob. Denise and her friends want to make this an annual event, commemorating Bob and his very special tie to downtown.
Howie Paine and the lighting guys. With no backup plan in place, Bob’s band of merry men made sure we had lights in place, a team at dawn, and the collective know-how to get the job done.
Bainbridge Island Fire Department. From transporting the community tree generously donated by Grandma’s Tree Farm, to driving Santa and his elves to light the tree, our local Madison Avenue firefighters were there for us.
Santa. How we manage to get on his schedule every year this close to Christmas still amazes us, but we did!
So, another year of keeping things merry and bright here in the heart of our community thanks to the efforts of many. And, from all of us downtown, warmest wishes for a magical holiday season!
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association