At the end of Thanksgiving weekend, Greenwich Avenue began to look brighter and more festive.
The trees that line the Avenue are beginning to twinkle, but not all at once.
Mary Hull of Greenwich Green & Clean said all systems are go, except that Eversource is supplying the electricity that supplies the strands of white lights in stages.
“Soon,” she said on Monday of the approximately 175 trees that will light up.
When all the trees have their power source, the LED lights will twinkle all winter long, bringing happiness to Greenwich Avenue and several downtown side streets.
Residents, merchants, landlords, businesses and the Town of Greenwich are invited to Light up Greenwich. Anyone who would like to help fund the project should go to the website. LightupGreenwich.org. Donations are tax deductible.
For many years the tree lights were a project organized through the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. After the Chamber withdrew from the project, in 2014, the only trees illuminated were town trees in front of the senior center. That year, the lights were woven into giant mesh nets.
When Green & Clean took over in 2015, they raised funds for the project, including $34,000 worth of reusable LED C6 Strawberry lights.
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The Light up Greenwich effort does not come inexpensively. This year the LED lights and electrical harnesses will be reused from 2015. However, the electricians and tree surgeons must be paid and none of it comes inexpensively. The goal of Light up Greenwich, which is being run through Greenwich Green & Clean has a goal of $60,000.