Saturday, December 18, 2010

Season of Light in the Pioneer Valley

To drive along Routes 5 & 10 in South Deerfield is to be confronted with the dominating presence of Yankee Candle Company, and never more so than at the winter holiday season when this somewhat mysteriously popular tourist attraction goes as overboard with decorative lights as it does with everything else.

Returning to any other local destination, but above all, to sleepy, rough-edged North Amherst, is by definition either anti-climactic or calming (depends on your definition of what is attractive).

Cinda Jones's decoration of the Cowls Company offices stands out as the rarity on Route 63.

Just a little bit further north, nearer to my house, the only two decorations are of a different character.

You know you're back in Amherst.
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