‘Lights up’ in Rutherglen
The decorations went up early on November 25 in time for the visitors from the Great Victorian Bike Ride to witness the festive spirit a country town can provide.
But the main event was Rutherglen Lights Up, held on Saturday, December 1.
“The night was really good, it wasn’t a huge turnout but we had about 100 people all up, people really enjoyed the Sanger Street band that came along and played which was really good, and the ‘Wine, Women and Song’ who donated their services to us was really appreciated and enjoyed to,” Ms Stefanides said.
Ms Stefanides said all the hard work throughout the year in organising the Christmas decorations has paid off.
“We are immensely gratified for the community support in helping put those things up and the feedback from the community has just been overwhelmingly positive,” Ms Stefanides said.
“People have appreciated that the street in Rutherglen is nicely decorated but it’s been done by a whole cross section of people in the community.
“Thank you to everyone, all the groups, schools, scouts, guides and other clubs. The key ingredient of the success of this occasion is everyone, including individuals who volunteered their time, working together and doing their bit.
The Christmas spirit displayed in Rutherglen in the form of wooden trees, stars and other decorations along Main Street has been appreciated by the locals, according to Christmas Decorations Committee member Deb Stefanides.
“It’s been a lot of running around and coordinating things.”
Ms Stefanides said Rutherglen will continue to decorate the streets and utilize the Rutherglen Lights Up event in the future, admitting to also want to advance the occasion to make it more “major”.
Rutherglen Lions were in Gollings Square providing a BBQ for attendees, while council members, and Santa, also attended.
Wine, Women and Song performing.