LEE -- The downtown will host a "floating" holiday party on Wednesday in an effort to boost mid-week business on a well-decorated Main Street.

Sponsored by the Lee Chamber of Commerce, the festive occasion features restaurants offering special menus to party-goers who purchase "passports", according to chamber officials.

"The key is the food as we want to bring businesses downtown a little holiday cheer," said chamber president, Bruce Singer.

Singer noted proceeds from the 125 tickets available to the public will help offset the food costs of participating eateries.

One of them, The Morgan House, will be the first stop on the floating party circuit.

"Traditionally, Wednesday is the slowest day of the week this time of year," said Allison Loring, co-manager of the establishment's restaurant and tavern. "I think this a great promotion for all the businesses."

The party runs from 4 to 7 p.m., wrapping up at Chez Nous with assorted desserts, raffle drawings and other activities.

In addition, seven retailers will stay open until 7 p.m.-- one to two hours beyond their usual closing time. They will offer special and discounts to all customers during the three-hour event.

"We're encouraging everyone to come down and shop," said Danielle Mullen, the chambers executive director.

"The party is perfect timing for me," noted Terri DiGrigoli. The owner of Meow & Growl pet supply store relocated to the bustling Main Street business district just after Thanksgiving in order to increase the foot traffic through her store.

"We're also hoping our do-it-youself dog wash does well," she added.

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