FEDERALSBURG — A crowd nearing 1,000 people came together in Federalsburg Sunday evening, Dec. 3, to witness something the town has been waiting to see for a decade — the lighting of the water tower for the Christmas season.

The Friends of the Federalsburg Water Tower Project raised about $70,000 to light the town’s water tower, which sits near Caroline Drive. The last time the water tower featured lights was in 2007 when it was located along Morris Avenue.

Sunday’s Christmas program featured an elaborate display of colors, themes and music for not only Christmas but for the themes throughout the year.

Pixelumenlab of Alexandria, Va. designed and installed the lights on water tower. The colors and themes will be showcased throughout the year in the evenings.

“It is beautiful,” said Water Tower Project chairperson Mary Harding as she stood with Pixelumenlab Creative Director Robbie Hayes while watching the light show. “Robbie and Pixelumenlab did an outstanding job. This is a proud day for Federalsburg.”

In February, the Friends of the Federalsburg Water Tower Project began hosting bingos to raise money to light the water tower. They held five bingos, two luncheons, a crab feast and held a raffle for a vacation giveaway to raise the $70,000. The organization partnered with the Federalsburg Historical Society on the project.

“We are excited for this night,” Harding said. “We are happy to share in the joy that was a very special project. This team had a dream, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

“Thank you to the Federalsburg Historical Society for adopting us,” she said. “We are happy to do this for the town. Thank you to everyone for coming out to this celebration.”

The evening began with a performance by the Federalsburg Community Choir, under the direction of Gloria Dill. Santa Claus also came to greet the children. During the light show, children gathered candy following Santa’s Candy Cannon blasted candy into the field.

Calista Harding found the golden coin, winning a bicycle from Marshyhope Hardware.

Friends of the Federalsburg Water Tower Project board members included Chuck Planner, Judy Planner, Dave Morean, Mary Harding, Judi White, Chris Pierce, Jimmy Harding, Susan Runnels, Millicent Maloney, Debbie Riggin, Denise Nagel, Janna Taylor, Wendy Garner and Julie Schmitt.

Duffy and Gina McConnell found the contractor for the project.

Also, on Dec 3, Federalsburg Family Restaurant on Bloomingdale Avenue donate 20 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Water Tower Lighting Project.

Sponsorship of lights is still available for $50 each. Include your name, e-mail address, and indicate the name for “In Memory” or “In Honor” of. Send your check, made payable to: Federalsburg Historical Society, 402 Railroad Avenue, Federalsburg, MD, 21632.

Follow Caroline/Dorchester Editor Dustin Holt on Twitter @Dustin_StarDem.

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