Lovettsville Ready to Install Clock Faces

Lovettsville will kick off its Christmas holiday season with two major events—the Dec. 1 installation of four clock faces on the town’s Clock Tower at Lovettsville Square, and its new Wintertainmentfest the following day.

A 150-foot crane will be the center of attention Dec. 1 as a crew from Christoph Bell Foundry installs the clock faces as part of the long-planned glockenspiel project that is intended to reflect the town’s German heritage.

The 7.5-foot-tall clock faces will be ceremonially lit at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 during the town’s Wintertainmentfest, which includes the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Town Square.

The Town Council authorized $53,000 for clock work, including the cost of manufacturing shipping and installing the faces.

That’s just the beginning of the project. Although still under design, the town hopes to add a working “cuckoo bird” that pops out as clock bells ring, as well as figurines that rotate as music is played.

Former Planning Commissioner Buck Smith is heading up a fundraising committee to cover the cost of the cuckoo, bells and figurines. The plan is to solicit a mix of public and private funds, Town Manager Palko said.

Smith said the committee plans a variety of fundraising options—through a corporate sponsorship program, town events, merchandise sales including replicas of the clock tower, grants and an online presence.

For information or to help on the project, email Smith at bsmith@lovettsvilleva.org.

 

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