GREENFIELD — Pat Posey likes decorating for the holidays. Right now her downtown shop is still covered with remnants from Halloween: large, fake cobwebs and orange caution tape over the door. Soon though, The Posey Shack’s spooky touches will give way to holiday cheer – something she hopes to take beyond just her own storefront.
Every year Posey sets luminaries outside of her home and usually her shop at 16 W. Main St., as well. This year though, she’s making a few more – about 800.
Or at least that’s her goal. Posey is collecting empty, cleaned-out gallon and half-gallon milk jugs to line the streets of downtown Greenfield with luminaries during this year’s Christmas Festival.
“It’s going to be dark during Christmas, so I wanted a little bit of light,” she explained.
Posey has already collected donations from downtown merchants to purchase nearly $500 worth of battery-operated tea lights to put inside the jugs. She is working with Greenfield Main Street Inc., which organizes the Christmas Festival, to put together the project.
“I’m so grateful for her enthusiasm and passion for doing this,” said Main Street program coordinator Jean Howell. “It’s just what we need in the downtown area. We need people to love it so much they’re willing to walk up and down the street and ask for donations.”
With just one month left to collect all of the necessary milk jugs, Posey and Howell aren’t sure what to expect. But even if they don’t get enough this year, Howell said they will definitely keep collecting for next year. They have decided on reusable material like battery-operated lights and milk jugs, instead of candles and white bags, because it’s a tradition she’d like to see continue.
Depending on how many milk jugs Posey is able to collect, she would like to see them line Main Street and part of American Legion Place, following the Christmas Festival parade route.
“Hopefully it will guide people during the festival and encourage them to come in and visit with us,” Posey said. She plans to have her shop open during the festivities.
Posey said she wanted to bring some additional Christmas spirit to downtown, since the theme of this year’s festival is “The heart of Christmas is downtown Greenfield.”
“She’s been so willing to do whatever it takes to makes this happen,” Howell said. “It’s just such a lovely vision.”
The festival will take place Dec. 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the parade starting at 7 p.m. It will feature the parade, tree lighting, live nativity and holiday market.
HOW TO HELP
Drop off empty, washed out milk jugs to the Posey Shack, 16 W. Main St. Jugs dropped off not during store hours can be left in bags at the back door or front entrance.
Any questions can be directed to Pat Posey at (317) 462-5089.