The Star Democrat

Holiday décor coming to Choptank River Lighthouse

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CAMBRIDGE — With a little help from some generous donation elves, the Cambridge Lighthouse Foundation will be adding a little Christmas cheer to the town’s waterfront this season. Lighted garlands and bows will be strung around the Choptank River Lighthouse for the first time.

The decor is expected to be up and running immediatel­y after the Thanksgivi­ng holiday.

“This project is all about bringing smiles, beauty, and a sense of pride to our Dorchester County community in these precarious times,” said Nancy Johnson, the incoming president of the board at the nonprofit Foundation. “We’ve really been overwhelme­d by the way our partners here jumped in to back this concept and make it a reality.”

The first supporter to get behind “Christmas at the Lighthouse” was PNC Bank, through its community affairs initiative. This is the bank’s second big charitable initiative in Cambridge this year, as PNC was the lead sponsor in a major mural project on the Chesapeake College building in downtown Cambridge.

Crescent Cities Charities came on board next. Based in Prince George’s County, the organizati­on supports an array of educationa­l and charitable endeavors in the Washington, D.C. area. Paul Baiers, the owner of Paul’s Deli at the Creek in Cambridge.

“The volunteers at the Lighthouse have done a great job promoting tourism and economic developmen­t,” Baiers said. “We saw this applicatio­n from the foundation as a way to help them build on that success and keep the momentum going, while at the time spreading some civic cheer and goodwill for the holiday season.”

Another key supporter is American Legion Post #91. The Legion delivered the donation that enabled the Lighthouse Foundation to upgrade to top-of-theline commercial-grade decor in an effort to make sure the new holiday lights continue to shine at the Lighthouse for many years to come.

The coordinato­r for the project is Tom Hutchinson of Hutchinson Home Services. Hutchinson is well known in Dorchester County as a maestro of holiday decor.

 ?? JILL JASUTA PHOTOGRAPH­Y ?? The stunning iconic Choptank River Lighthouse.
JILL JASUTA PHOTOGRAPH­Y The stunning iconic Choptank River Lighthouse.

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