‘Decorating Days’ Return Dec 3 and 4

By Dan Murphy

As she has for the past 21 years, Ivy A. Turner will help lead this weekend’s volunteer effort to adorn 1,100 gas lamps throughout the neighborhood with garlands and bows.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 9 a.m., Turner asks neighbors to join her at the Harrison Gray Otis House Museum at 141 Cambridge St. to cut garlands into the correct length, attach wire to them and bag bows. The garlands will then be delivered to teams of volunteers who have already committed to decorating neighborhood streets.

“We need a lot of people to help,” Turner said. “If they want to round up their friends and neighbors to decorate their streets, we’ll show them how and bring them the garlands.”

At 2 p.m., a group of volunteers, including local real-estate brokers, members of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, and friends and neighbors, will meet at the holiday tree at Mt. Vernon and Charles streets to begin decorating Charles Street and as many other nearby streets as possible. They will finish at 5 p.m.

“All are welcome to join us, and if you see someone working on a ladder, feel free to lend them a hand,” Turner said.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, beginning at noon, volunteers will meet outside of Savenor’s Market at 160 Charles St. to decorate the remaining gas lamps.

“We’ll form teams and show volunteers how to hang the decorations,” Turner said. “We’ll need additional volunteers throughout the day, so people can come at their convenience.”

The effort is scheduled to wrap up at 5 p.m., with a festive party to thank volunteers.

            For more information or sign up to arrange for a garland delivery, contact the Beacon Hill Civic Association at 617-2271922 or via e-mail at [email protected]. For information during event, text Ivy A. Turner at 617-308-4897.

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