By C.C. Wilson III
For Hometown Headlines
Unless you have a stable of reindeer available and ready to fly, online payment service PayPal may be your best hope to beat a Monday deadline to have your or a loved one’s name commemorated in lights in the heart of Lindale village this Christmastime on the Star Between the Stacks.
Restoration Lindale Inc.’s Tim Reynolds — colloquially known as the mill town’s unofficial mayor, patriarch historian and fifth-generation Pepperell Manufacturing Co. tradesman before it shuttered textile operations in 2001 — has sounded the deadline bell to purchase commemorative LED light bulbs on the 12-foot by 12-foot, 300-pound aluminum-framed star hung some 200 feet up between the shuttered mill’s landmark smokestacks.
Star-shaped 2.5-watt bulbs are $20 each and are tax deductible. Bulb sales proceeds will go toward powering the star for the season and maintaining it year-round, Reynolds says.
“We still have several bulbs left out of 180 total, 90 on either face north of south,” says Reynolds, now in his 25th year installing the star with a 10-man crew to continue Lindale’s signature Christmas tradition since 1931. “These bulbs are perfect symbols for remembrance of loved ones lost, or for a holiday surprise for someone special at the star lighting.”
Purchases may be made by regular postage, addressed and made payable to:
- Restoration Lindale Inc.
- 534 Reeceburg Road
- Silver Creek, Ga. 30173
Written submissions must be received by Nov. 26 — Monday — and they should include the first and last name for whom the bulb is purchased, facing side of preference (north or south where available), city of residence, and a working phone number in the event Reynolds needs to verify spellings or pronunciations.
For an additional $1 processing fee, digital payment service PayPal may be used to place immediate online orders to payee Restoration Lindale Inc. at email email@example.com.
A Lindale native and former mill machinist now working as a special education teacher at Pepperell Middle School, Reynolds fondly recalls his childhood spent marveling at the star and the many hats he wore growing up around and then working in the mill himself (which has recently enjoyed a resurgence as a private events facility. See our story here).
But it’s one hat in particular, Reynolds says, that requires such skill and spirit that only his dad, D.A. Reynolds, could give it a proper fit.
“That would be a Santa hat,” Reynolds says with a hearty laugh.
“My dad will be back to ride with me on the old Pepperell fire engine in the Christmas parade dressed up as Santa himself.”
Festivities begin Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. with the Fifth Annual Lindale Christmas Parade along Park Avenue followed by by an arts and crafts festival and official star lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Gilbreath Park, 106 Garden Ave., Lindale.
For updates visit Restoration Lindale Inc.’s Facebook page at RestorationLindale