Keep Christmas on Mercer: Dripping Springs Visitors Center vying for for lighting funds

by Anita Miller

This topsy-turvy year is going to come to the Christmas season before we know it. When it does, Dripping Springs’ Mercer Street will hopefully be ablaze with traditional holiday lights.

A big step toward that goal occurred Sept. 8, when the City Council approved a $5,000 matching grant to the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau for holiday lighting.

The visitors bureau has already raised just over $3,000 but another $2,000 is needed to achieve the full matching amount. Businesses and individuals in Dripping Springs are encouraged to help make the holidays a little brighter by making a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more.

“With most of our local events being canceled, the Thanksgiving-Christmas season is about all we have left to look forward to this year,” said Pam Owens, president of the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau.

“The DS Lions Club donates the swags going across Mercer Street, the city decorates their light pole standards and if individual families or businesses will donate at least $20, we could reach our goal and be able to light up historic Mercer Street once again. Lights will add a lot of festivity, starting the weekend of Thanksgiving.” She said donors will be acknowledged on a banner at the corner of San Marcos Street.

Owens said for the past two seasons, the DSVB has raised sufficient money to adorn Mercer Street with lights and other decorations. Last year there was an added treat — a space in front of Mazama Coffee Company where people could take their own seasonal photos.

Online donations can be made at www.destinationdrippingsprings.com/holidays. Checks can also be mailed to P.O. Box 206, Dripping Springs TX 78620 or dropped off at 509 Mercer Street.

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