GENESEO – Coasting down Oak or Second Streets in the Village of Geneseo at night, and one sign post will really stand out. The sign post at the Oak and Second Street intersection in the Village of Geneseo is completely covered in lights, garlands, and Christmas ornaments, as per the Christmas tradition of that neighborhood.
Local residents say they first started decorating the sign post in secret in 1988, and now the decorating is a full-blown cross-generational affair.
“We are letting our children carry forward the tradition of decorating it to remember lost loved ones,” said Gretchen Crane. “We all kind of grew up right around here. I live in my family home and am raising my kids here.”
“We make it as tacky as possible of course,” chuckled Crane. “But it’s really fantastic. Once the lights and garlands go on, all the kids want to hang something on it. We really enjoy the opportunity to come together like this. This year we realized that most of us have lost our parents.”
If you look closely, there is a paper sign strung through the lighted garlands, laminated against the weather. On it is a truly heartwarming message and tribute to all.
It says: “This sign post is decorated and dedicated to the members of our neighborhood who are with us in spirit…it is through celebration of their lives that Christmas remains in our hearts every day of the year. We fondly remember:
Bill + Molly Haley
Bob + Judy Houston
Gertrude + Seamus Houston
Bill + Betty Marks
Charlie + Mary Miskell
Ray + Richard McMillan
PHOTO CAPTION: The sign aglow at the intersection of Oak and Second Streets in the evening. (Photo/ Conrad Baker)