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Ornaments needed for community tree
Trinity Standard - November 2008
TRINITY – Community and Christmas spirit is being encouraged and ornaments are being sought as part of the annual Christmas at the Crossroads celebration Dec. 5-6 at the Old Red School House in Trinity.
Sponsored by the Trinity Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the theme for this year’s celebration, “Celebrate Trinity,” was chosen to emphasize that the event belongs to everyone.
At the lighting of the national Christmas tree in 1957, President Dwight Eisenhower said, “The custom we now observe brings us together for a few minutes this one night. You and I, here, are not alone in a world indifferent and cold. We are part of a numerous company – united in the brotherhood of Christmas.”
In the spirit of Eisenhower’s proclamation, the chamber is purchasing a new, lighted tree to replace the one lost a warehouse fire earlier this year. Because of the loss, organizers are asking for the community’s help with the ornaments. They can be brought to the chamber office at 702 S. Robb from 10 - 2 on weekdays or to Old Red on Friday, Dec. 5, before the lighting ceremony planned for 6pm.
The ornaments do not have to be brand new and larger ornaments are preferred so they can be seen from a distance. The chamber’s goal is to display a tree in which the whole town can take pride. As an extra incentive, everyone who donates an ornament will receive a free raffle ticket for a drawing for prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.
Entertainment is also being sought for Saturday, Dec. 6, for the festivities at Old Red from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Any musicians or other entertainers – groups or individuals – who would like to perform may contact Christmas Committee Chair Julia McMichael at 936-537-5219 or the chamber at 594-3856.
Booth space is still available, particularly for craft vendors. The 10’ x 10’ spaces, all outdoors on the grounds at Old Red, are $35 each with a discounted price of $25 for non-profit organizations. Applications are available at the chamber office or can be downloaded from their website at www.trinitychamber.org.
The lighted Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday with participants being asked to line up no later than 5 p.m. in the parking lot at Avalon Place Nursing Home on South Robb St. so the residents there can enjoy the festivities, too.
Anyone who would like his or her car, truck, float or other conveyance to be included in the judging must fill out an application ahead of time. These can be also be downloaded or obtained at the Chamber office. There is no entry fee.
Applications are also available for competition in the business outdoor lighting contest at the Chamber, online or at Romo’s Restaurant.
Anyone who can help the Chamber put this event together for the community is welcome. Contact the Chamber office at 594-3856, email email@example.com or call McMichael at 936-537-5219.