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Bay Street merchants decking the halls

The turkey has been stuffed, carved and is now facing a week of sandwiches, which means it’s time for Port Orchard to break out the trees and lights.

On Monday afternoon members of the Port Orchard Bay Street Association took to the streets to line the covered walkway with yards upon yards of icicle lights.

Bill Booth walked a step ladder every few feet, hanging the white, dangling icicle lights along the edge of the awning, and was one of several volunteers up and down the road drilling holes, inserting hooks and hanging lights.

The merchants are hosting a window decorating contest this year, with the theme “The Warmth of the Season” with a coinciding coloring contest.

Over at City Hall, a tree has already been erected for Saturday’s Festival of Chimes and Lights.

The Chimes and Lights committee jumped their fundraising hurdle this week, after coming up short about $1,000 for the fireworks display. Quadrant Homes donated $1,000 for the display Monday.

“Of course we’d love to have more,” Councilman Robert Putaansuu said of the fundraising effort. “I think we’re done with the fundraising phase, now we just have to have an event.”

Events for the festival begin at noon Saturday with activities at the library and continue with music, food and lots and lots of lights up to 7:30 p.m.

Below is a schedule of events:

12 - 4 p.m. Decorate a fleece scarf or create a snowman at Port Orchard Library

4 p.m. Story time with Miss Shannon at Port Orchard Library

5 - 5:30 p.m. John Sedgwick Generals Choir at City Hall

5:30 - 5:55 p.m. Capella Choir at City Hall

5 - 8 p.m. Sinclair Inlet Yacht Club “Christmas Lane” at the Port Orchard Marina

5 - 8 p.m. Hayrides along Bay Street

5:55 p.m. - 6 p.m. Holiday tree lighting and playing of chimes at City Hall

6:15 - 7 p.m. South Kitsap High School Jazz Band at the Port Orchard Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library

6:35 p.m. Visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus

7 - 7:20 p.m. Holiday Fireworks Display at Waterfront Park

7:30 p.m. Western Washington Center for the Arts presentation of “Seussical The Musical.”

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