The Paper
Now that the election and Halloween are over, thoughts begin turning to Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the first time in many years, there will not be a Christmas parade through downtown Crawfordsville, however, the popular Party Night is still scheduled.
“It will be modified over prior years, of course, to encourage mask wearing and social distancing for the sake of others,” Crawfordsville Main Street Program Manager Sue Lucas told The Paper.
“The typical objective is to cram as many people as possible into the downtown area as possible,” Lucas explained. “This is a counter-intuitive year. We have encouraged people to shop early, shop safely and shop small. If enough folks shop early that spreads out the foot traffic.”
Lucas said that having Party Night in the midst of a pandemic presents challenges. But she said she is hopeful that smart planning and responsible participants will make the difference.
“We will have some of the typical features of downtown Party Night,” she said. “The tree lighting will still take place. We’ll have taped spaces to keep people six feet apart. We’ll also have background music as we always do. And of course debuting the holiday decorations will take place. Folks can come downtown that night and easily enjoy their small town, and have a holiday, small town experience.”
Lucas also said that Abbey Elaine Photography is the emissary for Main Street and the North Pole, and has been in contact with Santa. News about how Santa will be involved that evening is forthcoming, Lucas said.
Lucas stressed that while the plan is a go, the overriding concern is safety/
“Ultimately we want to have our downtown merchants here in 2021. We want them to be healthy.”