December 11, 2010

Dickens Christmas on the Square

Although I was just the "helper bee" on this event, it is another one of our commitments to provide activities and potential growth for our hometown. 

Jana agreed to take over the Chaimanship of the Annual Christmas Walk event and ran with it!  She amassed a wonderful group of enthusiastic volunteers to represent the the characters from Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" and the event took on a great new look.  We look forward to it's growth in years to come! 

                                                                              

The Mayor's Parade began at 3PM with the bands from Driver Middle School and WCHS "The Force" playing Christmas music, followed by the Mayor, Dicken's Characters and the arrival of Santa on a big red fire engine.

Each Dickens character had trading cards to collect, we had a street vendor roasting chestnuts over an open fire, a Cobblestone Peddlers Market with crafts and food items, a Chocolate Shoppe, Gingerbread Cookie decorating and artisans in the Chamber Office.

Participating merchants decorated their windows and restaurants offered special menus for $5.00!  While the snow wasn't quite the weather I wanted to see, it arrived right on cue and made for a beautiful scene when Mayor Croyle and Jana lit the Christmas Tree.  It was an oooooohhhhh/ahhhhhhhh moment to see the snow on each branch as if it had been intentionally placed there. 

The 3 and a half hour event brought 500 - 600 people downtown to see the lights and participate in the activities.  We will have additional photos soon, but these were taken by Brian Merrill of WZZY, Lisa Cowen and Bill Richmond of the News Gazette.

As our schedules get busier for Christmas, this may be the final page of 2010.  It has been a busy year and we look forward to more events and activities in 2011 as well as a more active website.  As always, we can use your help with suggestions, and articles for the site.

We wish you and your families a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2011.
Jill, Jana and Greg