Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Window Decorating Contest

Do you own or manage property, business or residence in downtown Greensboro? If so, we have the contest for you! Every year Festival of Lights holds a window/facade decorating contest. Windows and/or Facades must use lights and must relate to the theme. This year's theme is Hometown Holidays!!

First prize is an advertising package provided by The News & Record with second and third prizes of theatre tickets and restaurant gift certificates.

There are three categories that you can register in Large Window or Facade, Small Window or Non-Profit Window. New this year is the category for non-profit window -- Downtown Greensboro Inc. and the United Arts Council are teaming together to partner non-profits with vacant store fronts. It gives the non-profit an opportunity to showcase their organization while at the same time brightening up some vacant store fronts.

For more information about the contest or to download the registration form please check out the rules and criteria here.

The Winners (pictured above) from 2008 Festival of Lights were:
First Place -- Mack & Mack
Second Place -- Just Be
Third Place -- Action Greensboro

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Festival of Lights -- Band Preview

Festival of Lights is a great downtown event -- something for everyone. The merchants are all decked out and many have open houses. Santa is at Hamburger Square Park -- waiting to talk to you. Marshmallows Roasting, an Indie Market to get some cool gifts. Plus over 20 bands are performing along Elm Street. We have some favorite bands who have been with us for years! It wouldn't be Festival of Lights without them. They include:

High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association -- a group of bluegrass musicians and fans who get together to celebrate Bluegrass music. If you can't wait until December 4th to hear them...take a listen to this clip on YouTube.

The Sinai Mountain Ramblers the only Klezmer band in Guilford County!

The NCA&T Fellowship Gospel Choir has been performing for years -- they bring a joyful sound to the Festival. Here is a clip from their performance last year.

So, even if you are saying bah-humbug to Santa, if you are wrinkling your nose at roasted marshmallows and you don't want to go into any of the downtown merchants .... you should at least stop by and take a listen to some of the fabulous music that will be offered on December 4th!