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Let's do some social tinkering together!
Help each other Light Up Rutland this winter season!

It's the 4th Annual Light Up Rutland winter lights fundraiser and contest!

Join us in helping to raise each other's spirits during the longest and darkest days of the year. Get ready to Light Up Rutland with your lights, your hearts, and your love for the Rutland region. Everyone in Rutland County is invited to participate; decorators, light-peepers, voters, local sponsors and partners! Everyone plays a role in making this bright and fun seasonal event a huge success.

This year's Light Up Rutland fundraising will go towards helping us to increase our social events and support the opening of a Community Living Room. What the heck is a Community Living Room? Imagine a fun, comfy, affordable, and inclusive place where anyone can go to hang out and meet up with friends just to catch up, or make new friends; where socializing is the priority! Learn more HERE!

Participate in a variety of ways! Register your winter lights to be added to our 2023 Lights Map, get out and vote for your favorites, and/or simply donate to support the event and our work. Even a $5 donation builds connection and makes an impact!

 

Here at Social Tinkering, we have conversations daily with our fellow Rutlanders about the frustrations and struggles that many of our friends are living with and that many of our friends are working passionately to help solve. We believe that feeling alone and like no one cares are at the root of the many social struggles we face as human beings and the Rutland region is feeling this deeply right now. As we begin our 4th season of Light Up Rutland, we are reflecting on and acknowledging the difficulties our fellow people are facing. This winter, help us to renew spirits and raise hope again by showing each other that we are here for each other. As neighbors, co-workers, and classmates we can show our support and kindness for each other with simple social connection gestures that can make a world of difference.

How Light Up Rutland works:

STEP 1 - FOLLOW US ON EMAIL, FACEBOOK, OR INSTAGRAM

TO STAY TUNED IN TO ALL THINGS LIGHT UP RUTLAND 2023!

Follow us on socials HERE:

 

 

STEP 2 - DECORATORS REGISTER!

All Decorators Extraordinaire are invited to REGISTER to be added to our

Light Up Rutland 2023 Lights MapRegistration opens November 15th!

Decorators throughout Rutland County are encouraged to register and compete!

2023 Categories to Enter:

 

Household Decorators

  • Any household in Rutland County

  • $20 Registration Fee

  • Compete to win awesome 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes!

  • The 1st place winner will receive a trophy!

  • You can also just register to be on our map and not compete! ($5 registration fee)

 

Neighborhood Decorators​

  • Coordinate with your neighbors to light up the whole neighborhood!

  • $50 Registration Fee

  • Compete to win the 2023 "BEST DECORATED NEIGHBORHOOD" bragging rights!

  • Grow an awesome sense of community among your neighbors

Business/Organization Decorators

  • Any business or organization in Rutland County

  • $50 Registration Fee

  • Compete to win the 2023 "BEST DECORATED BIZ/ORG" trophy and bragging rights!

School Decorators

  • Free Registration - but make sure to register!

  • Work together in your school community to compete and win the illustrious

      prize of "BEST DECORATED SCHOOL" and trophy!

Non-Voter Household

  • $5 Registration Fee to add your home to our map 

  • Not part of the competition

 

**If you are an INDOOR decorator, make sure to send us your photos and videos

and we'll be sure your beautiful lights are posted for all to enjoy and vote on!

Spread the word!

Go big or go small, just make sure you register so we can add you to our map for

everyone's spirits to be lit up by the beauty! Registration ends Midnight, December 8th.

STEP 3 - GO LIGHT PEEPING!

Starting December 9th through January 28th, go light peeping!

1. Download the Light Up Rutland 2023 Lights Map from our website.

2. Grab your family or a friend and head out for a cozy drive with some cocoa and your camera.

3. Keep track of all of your favorite Decorators so you can vote later!

REMEMBER - Decorators can't win if you don't vote!

*Be sure to watch our website and our Facebook and Instagram pages for indoor

Business/Org and School displays!

STEP 4 - VOTE! - VOTERS WIN TOO!

Come back to this website at the end of your night out and vote for your favorite

registered lights decorators to help them win a prize for lighting up your holiday!

1. Vote for all your favorite Households!

2. Vote for your favorite Neighborhood!

3. Pick your favorite Business/Organization Decorator!

4. Pick your favorite School Decorator! 

Voting closes midnight January 28th!

*Voters can win too!!

*Voters are automatically entered into a drawing for prizes donated by area businesses

2023 Prizes!

Decorators

1st Place:

One month membership to

 

 

$60 Value

2nd Place:

 

 

$50 gift card

3rd Place:

$25 gift card

$20 gift card:

 

 

 

Business/Organization & School Decorators

Winners will receive

a trophy and bragging rights!

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Voting Available

December 8th-January 28th

Voters Win Too!

All voters will be automatically entered to win prizes donated by local businesses and organizations throughout Rutland County. Check back here soon to see who our awesome donors are and click on their logos below to learn more!

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STEP 4 - TUNE IN!

All winners will be announced January 31st via this website and all our social media including our Facebook and Instagram pages @lightuprutland and @socialtinkering.

 

STEP 5 - CELEBRATE!

Celebrate the incredible community we have in our beloved Rutland Region! When we are connected in meaningful ways, we are stronger, and can help each other thrive. All of us at Social Tinkering hope you enjoy Light Up Rutland 2023. We encourage you to take a moment to reflect on how we can continue to shed light on the dark places for each other, supporting each other, as a community. This winter season and year round, we wish you all the best and hope you get time to rest, renew, and enjoy your winter days as you look towards the New Year. Thank you for connecting with each other friends, and thank you for connecting with Social Tinkering! We believe in Rutland and we believe in you!

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Here at Social Tinkering: A Human Connection Project, we chose our byline very carefully - because feeling supported and cared for is really all about the meaningful human connections we make with each other that make all the difference in our lives. We could not have put this event together without the support and caring of our wonderful partners and sponsors. A HUGE shout out to all the folks who stepped in to help us make this event a huge success!

To our wonderful 2023 partners and sponsors: 

THANK YOU FOR TINKERING WITH US!

THANK YOU FOR CONNECTING WITH US AND THE COMMUNITY!

More 2023 Partners & Sponsors to be added soon!!

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