The deadline to adopt a tree to decorate as part of Palmerton's Christmas in the Park event is rapidly approaching.
Those who wish to claim a tree have until Friday, Nov. 1, to do so, as announced at a meeting of the Christmas in the Park Committee held recently at the home of Michele O'Neill, committee chairwoman.
That's also the cutoff point for those who would like to set up a vendor, said O'Neill, who added the cost is $25 for a space. Anyone who would like to adopt a tree, or set up a vendor, should contact O'Neill at 610-737-4503.
There is no set price for those who wish to 'adopt' a tree to decorate as part of the program, O'Neill previously said. Instead, the group is asking that a donation be made for the adoption of a tree, which she said will go toward the new holiday lights in the borough.
O'Neill said the event will serve as the kick off to the holiday season, with the lighting of the new park lights and the Christmas trees. The day will be filled with local singing groups, as well as a visit from Santa.
"Some of our vendors will be selling hot soups, bake sales, walking tacos, hot chocolates, and many more yummy things," O'Neill said. "The support from the community has been wonderful; we have already surpassed our goal of number of trees being adopted for this being our first year."
The plan is to have decorated trees from various members of the community in time for the program, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the borough park.
The trees will line the walkways of the park, and be lit and decorated by the sponsor in time for the event. Each tree will be unique, and will have the sponsor noted on the plaque by their tree, said O'Neill, who added the trees will remain up through the holiday season for all to enjoy.
The committee said Sunday, Dec. 1, is the date to set up and decorate the trees, while Friday, Dec. 6, is the last day to decorate them.
The Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee plans to decorate the park with new lights in time for Christmas.
In July, the committee ordered 29 silhouette snowflake lights, as well as colored string lights, that will appear around the park along Third Street, Fourth Street, and Lafayette Avenue.
That came after the committee in June sent out a donation form to households, businesses, and organizations within the Palmerton area to solicit community support to help underwrite the cost to purchase new decorations for the borough park in time for Christmas.
Mailings were made to Aquashicola, Bowmanstown, Kunkletown, Lehighton, and Palmerton area homes within the Palmerton Area School District.
About 1,800 people were expected to get their solicitation as part of their quarterly sewage and water bill from the borough, at which time the committee will make additional donation forms available at the three banks in town, the Palmerton Area Library, and the Palmerton Memorial Pool.
Anyone who would like to contribute may mail their donations to Holiday Lighting Committee, 410 Delaware Ave. Palmerton, PA 18071. Those who send in a donation will receive a thank-you letter.
The lights around the park along Delaware Avenue are expected to be ready by Christmas of 2014.
At a Palmerton Chamber luncheon in March, Joe Federanich, chairman of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee, said the borough would like to have new Christmas decorations throughout its downtown by 2014.
The town committee was formed to pick the decorations, and help raise money to afford them.
Palmerton Area Chamber of Commerce President Peter Kern previously noted that the original decorations were put up in the 1990s, and refurbished about 10 years ago.
The next meeting of the Christmas in the Park committee will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the borough hall. A meeting of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee will then follow at 7 p.m.