Holiday Park features Christmas traditions

It won’t be long before it begins to look a lot like Christmas at Riverside Park.

In its ninth year, Holiday Park will renew old traditions and start new ones by featuring decorated Christmas trees lining the sidewalk, lights strung on the Rotary Amphitheater, a scholarship fund, lights illuminating large trees and decorations.

The sisterhood is trying to draw as many segments of the community to the event as possible, by awarding Bailey Bragassa the first $500 scholarship. Planners are hoping for things like hot cocoa and hot chestnut stands.

Trees can be adopted to decorate on behalf of businesses, families/individuals or in memory of someone. Cost to sponsor a business tree is $45 and cost to sponsor a family, individual or memorial tree is $25. Absolute Bikes has sponsored a business tree for the past eight years, the owner said. The business partners with Bongo Billy’s to sponsor the tree, he said.

It gives employees a chance to use their creativity while helping to build community and business spirit, Gillis said.

Trees will be delivered November 6-10 and crews from the Buena Vista Department of Corrections will help with set-up. Sponsors can begin decorating trees from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 11. Other decorating times are from 3-6 p.m. November 13-17. Trees will be lit for the first time November 24, the Friday following Thanksgiving, and will be open evenings through the holiday season.

Letters were mailed to previous tree sponsors to learn if they want to sponsor a tree again this year and telephone calls will also be made. Those who do not want to sponsor a tree can make a contribution to keep the tradition going.

To volunteer please call Vigil at 539-6691.