AMESBURY – The Main Street branch of Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank will participate in the window-decorating contest during the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Fest Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Winter Fest in historic Market Square will feature carolers, ice sculptures, horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor skating rink, a visit from Santa and the competitive window-decorating contest, featuring 14 entries from local merchants, including the bank.
Adding to the excitement will be the judging of all windows by the People’s Choice on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. The bank also is sponsoring complimentary gift wrapping in the Chamber office on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.
One window decorated by Newburyport Bank’s staff is dedicated to the Hoyt Peanut Butter Co., which operated in Amesbury. The display features historic peanut butter cans, a model train featuring the Hoyt logo and more.
The decorations also include an 1896 Flying Yankeebicycle made by Eastern Cycle Manufacturers of Amesbury, the original weathervane that sat atop the Powow Hill Pumping Station that was built in the late 1880s, and a Powwow Craft Boat, made by the Powow Craft Co. that occupied the same building that is now Kitchen Local.
Amy Leary, assistant vice president and branch manager of the bank’s Amesbury locations, said the window decorating committee is ready to take on all entrants.
“Our talented and enthusiastic decorating team has put a ton of work into making our window a special one, focusing on ‘Celebrating 350 Years of Amesbury Winter Wonderlands,’” she said in a press release. “Featuring original, historical items from private collections, the window will show the long history of our relationship with Amesbury, as well as our pride of being part of this exceptional town. And needless to say, we hope our efforts are well-received by the People’s Choice judges and their keen eyes see Santa riding a mint 1969 child’s snowmobile.”