"How 'bout Them Lights?"
Dateline: Dec. 22, 2021
The Allenstown Economic Development Committee (EDC), in collaboration with the ARD Student Council and the ARD School Chorus held the
Third Annual Christmas Lighting Awards Ceremony
on December 18 at the Allenstown Community Center. A light snow was falling but about 50 people attended the event. Selectman Scott McDonald welcomed everyone and thanked them for participating this year. Last year, there was only a small ceremony outside Town Hall due to the prevailing coronavirus.
EDC Chairman Michael Frascinella also welcomed residents with the comment, "Is everyone here who wanted to be here?" He then encouraged attendees to partake of the hot chocolate and sweet treats available at the Bake Sale tables.
He then introduced ARD Music Teacher Michael Kenyon who led the ARD School Chorus as they sang several Christmas carols including an inspirational rendition of "Silent Night." For a finale, Mr. Kenyon invited the audience to join them in singing "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town."
The long awaited awards ceremony then took place. Mr. Frascinella announced that over 90 people had mailed in votes. The awards included a trophy (shown in the above photo) and a gift card. The gift cards were donated by these generous local businesses:
Aubuchon Hardware, $30.00
Suncook River Convenience Store, $25.00
Sully's Market, $25.00
In response to the generosity of these local businesses, Mr. Frascinella encouraged everyone to support these local companies and thank them for supporting the Christmas Lighting Contest.
During the final vote count, the EDC discovered a tie vote for First Place. A coin toss was then used to decide who got the top prize. Here are the winners:
First Place: Earle Rowell, 7 Sullivan Drive
Second Place: Cheryl Forsberg-Hill, 3 Bailey Ave.
Third Place: Ashlie Klawes (the Klawes Family),
6 Kenwood Drive
About four other homeowners received Honorable Mention for a tie for Fourth Place.
What You Can Do
Talk to you neighbors about this fun event. Next year, let's get more people to register their homes and make it a more exciting and enjoyable holiday. And be sure to support our local businesses!
Dateline: Nov. 12, 2021
Updated: Dec. 4, 2021
The Allenstown Economic Development Committee (EDC) invites residents to participate in the
Third Annual Christmas Holiday Lighting Contest
Many of you may be feeling gloomy, uncertain, or out of sorts in these coronavirus times, but we all need something to hope for. For many, Christmas is just such a time and decorating your home with lights can make one feel hopeful. So if you are decorating the outside of your home, we hope you will register your home for this contest.
▼ Registered Homes ▼
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Raymond Quessey, 54 River Rd.
Lindsay Goulet, 57 River Rd.
Melissa & Rylan Washer, 12 Reynolds Ave.
Cheryl Forsberg-Hill, 3 Bailey Ave.
Melanie and Kevin Ouellette, 17 Letendre Ave.
Gary and Bobbie Laflamme, 35B River Rd.
Todd and Leanne Tremblay, 33 Granite St.
Irene Costa, 214 Deerfield Rd.
Melissa Magoon, 44 River Rd.
The Klawes Family, 6 Kenwood Drive
Brian and Amy Parent, 24 Granite St.
Earle Rowell, 7 Sullivan Drive
What You Can Do
Register your home by sending an e-mail ASAP to:
Registration extended to Dec. 4
Be sure to include a good photo that shows off your decorations. No more than two photos per home will be accepted.
Duplicate votes will not be counted. EDC members will not cast any votes but you may vote for your own home.
Where to Find Registered Homes
Your home will be listed below under the Registered Homes heading so people can preview your decorations, visit your home, and be encouraged to vote for you.
The Contest Schedule
- Nov. 15 to Dec. 4 - [Extended] Register your home decorations.
- Dec. 1 to Dec. 16 - Vote for your favorite decorations.
Send your vote to
- Dec. 18 - Attend Awards Ceremony at the Community Center.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place trophies and gift certificates will be awarded at:
Allenstown Community Center
Saturday, December 18th at 4:00 p.m.
As a special treat, to make the occasion more festive and enjoyable, Michael Kenyon, ARD Music Teacher, will lead the ARD Music Chorus in a round of Christmas Carols.
The ARD Student Council will hold a bake sale with refreshments and sweet treats to enjoy during the music performance.
Afterward, the EDC will announce the contest winners and hand out the trophies and gift cards.
The event will conclude with the Lighting of the Christmas Tree.
The following homes are participating.