Baltimore Street residents asked to light up the night

Karen Amsley and Marissa Burt are promoting an initiative to Light it up — Baltimore Street. They want twinkling lights to draw visitors through town, which will add to the merriment of Heritage Christmas.

Marissa Burt and Karen Amsley, with the blessing of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, are reviving a Christmas tradition. The Baltimore Street residents are inviting other homeowners along the main thoroughfare of Greencastle to light up this Christmas season.

For many years, the chamber hosted a lighting contest, but it fell by the wayside recently. The two women want it back, and hope it will spread to other streets in future years.

They lined up F&M Trust to sponsor the contest and provide prizes.

“The focus is on Baltimore Street because it is the gateway to Greencastle,” said Amsley.

“We want to make a substantial impact,” said Burt. “Then when people drive by, they may also visit Greencastle businesses.”

They made two categories, one with white lights and one with colored lights. Flyers have been passed out to the neighbors and already the people have been excited and expressed a competitive spirit on the venture. First and second prizes in each category are $100 and $50.

Participants should register by Dec. 5 at the chamber or by emailing

Judging will take place on Dec. 7.

Amsley and Burt hope the contestants will light up every night during the month of December, so passersby can enjoy holiday festivity in Greencastle.