It was a pleasant surprise to see Lake Placid town crews installing Christmas lights on some of the ornate street lights along Interlake Boulevard. Combined with the early decorating efforts of some merchants, the new lights offer a warm welcome to residents, visitors and shoppers.
For several years Lake Placid’s holiday lighting consisted of strings of dim, low-wattage lights wrapped around the light poles. Some described the color as a faint blue, others saw them as purple or violet. Regardless, they did not offer much to suggest the holiday season.
Then those strings of lights were gone, too.
Last year there was little to indicate the Town of Lake Placid was in the Christmas spirit. There were no strands of lights wrapped around poles and there were no lighted fixtures mounted to the light poles.
Now there are a dozen holiday-theme light fixtures. Town Public Works Director John Komasa said eight more will go up this week. Represented are Christmas trees, candy canes, bells, candles and more. The lights are spaced a distance apart from the top of the hill east on Interlake all the way to Main Avenue.
It can be argued, rightfully so, that 20 light fixtures do not make a significant lighting display. But soon those new fixtures with all their glittering lights and their welcome to the holiday season will be joined by the town’s traditional wooden displays of reindeer, snowmen and sleighs in the medians along Main Avenue and around town.
And, Komasa said, more lights will be added when a supplier can be found. Lights were ordered but, just Monday, the town was notified the supplier was out of stock. Komasa said he is rushing to find more lights.
We were critical of the town when there were no holiday lights to welcome the season. Now we applaud the Town of Lake Placid for taking the first step toward a gaily lighted business district.
Perhaps it would be a good time for local merchants to join with the town to help purchase more holiday-theme lighting fixtures. A brightly decorated downtown could help put shoppers in the holiday spirit – and spur an increase in local holiday shopping.