Christmas Boulevard planning impacted by coronavirus pandemic


BERWICK, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Every year, the Berwick Christmas Boulevard draws thousands of people for the annual event in December. But having to stay indoors and maintaining social distance, it’s become difficult for the group of volunteers to begin planning which takes several months each year.

“We start the day after the boulevard shuts down. Our group gets together and discusses what we are going to put up for next year,” said Mike Monico Jr., President of Berwick Boulevard Association.

Now, everyone has to meet over the phone, but it’s a challenge the group is willing to take on.

“Our group has faced many challenges throughout the years, it’s the same group since day one since we took it over and we’ve faced many challenges and we just cope with it,” said Monico Jr.

Since many businesses are closed, Monico says getting new supplies in now could be a struggle. 

“We order out of state for most of our intricate lights, our materials, our building materials, for all of our things, so it’s definitely a concern but we do have a lot of stuff here that we can repurpose.”

But Monico isn’t letting the challenge sway him from his continuous hope. 

“Like Kevin Seeley said, ‘In this time of darkness, we’re going to be the light,’ because we’re very proud and if we can get it up, we will.”

Monico says he would be willing to put the lights up early during this pandemic to “brighten” the mood prior to Christmas.

“Absolutely, we work hand in hand with the borough and if they would like something like that, absolutely oblige and try to get something up for them.”

Monico says they haven’t contacted any of the suppliers quite yet for materials and hopes stores will be able to open again soon once things return to normal. 

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