Make the Holidays a little brighter (AGAIN):
Contribute a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more to buy 50-bulb string of lights that will help transform historic Mercer Street into a Winter Wonderland.
The DSVB for the second year in a row, is launching a campaign to “Light Up Historic Mercer Street”. And, we are asking the community to help make the holidays a little brighter this year by contributing a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more. Each $20 donation will purchase a 50-bulb string of lights that will help transform historic Mercer Street into a Winter Wonderland. Funding also includes installation, removal and storage of the lights.
Holidays in the Hill Country are a joyous season and one of celebration, merriment and time spent with the ones you love. While most towns in our area, like Johnson City, Fredericksburg and Wimberley have ornate and festive holiday displays perfectly ordained around the town centers, the Christmas decorations in Dripping Springs have often been described as lack-luster.The majority of visitors to other Hill Country towns pass through Dripping Springs where the few holiday trimmings make it appear that our community has nothing special to offer. Consequently, our spectacular neighbors reap the benefits of holiday economic prosperity and community spirit.
The City of Dripping Springs does not have a lot of available funds in the budget to improve on existing decorations. Likewise, most merchants within downtown Dripping Springs and the historical district are small businesses who also lack budgets for community decoration.
Noticing this issue, after receiving calls and seeing many posts on social media discussing and complaining about the lack of holiday decorations, Pam Owens, President/CEO of the Dripping Springs Visitor Bureau (DSVB) applied for a matching grant in 2018 through the Dripping Springs Community Foundation to cover the cost of purchasing Christmas lights for historic Mercer Street.
Last year, the DSVB, a 501 (c)3 charitable non-profit organization was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Dripping Springs Community Foundation, as well as many generous contributions from the community, allowing the DSVB to purchase commercial-grade holiday decorations for designated business locations along historic Mercer Street.