Preparation for Saturday’s holiday Lights on Main was a major focus of the township committee meeting earlier this month, as thousands of people are expected to attend.
“The recreation commission is fully engaged with Lights on Main planning,” said Deputy Mayor Julie DeLaurentis. “Everything is in good order there, so we’re excited.”
One of the major attractions at the event will be parts of historic Main Street, such as the old town hall. To prepare for Lights on Main, that space has undergone renovations – primarily on its exterior – so it will be suitable for guests.
“There’s an application coming that they’ll be reviewing,” said Committeeman John Williams. “There will be some talk about the old town hall. As far as the exterior, there’s some repair work that they’re going to have to address.”
According to Deputy Administrator Dennis Chambers, work on the hall’s side porch is complete, and the main porch has had enough repairs to be safe.
The Mullica Hill Business Association anticipates a lot of business for merchants on Main Street during the event. According to Committeewoman Michelle Powell, those businesses are promoting the event for the township.
“(We’ve had) a lot of new people (come) to promote, which is good,” said Township Administrator Mark Gravinese. “We’ve had over 30 people sign up to promote, and that’s a record basically for Lights on Main.”
The historical society also anticipates visitors during the last month of its tornado exhibit, which focuses on the Sept. 1, 2021, cyclone that blew through the township. Wreaths and banners have been set up along Main Street and a landscaper will begin setting up the tree this week.
Lights on Main hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, with the tree lighting set to take place at 7 p.m.
“Everybody’s really excited about lots of creative destination points and everything,” said Powell.