Christmas in the Park Committee looks forward to a bright holiday
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee members Andy Behler, left, chairman Joe Federanich, standing, and Susie Arner, right, discuss options for the snowflake lights that will appear around the borough park in time for this coming Christmas.
Imagine the pristine look of live Christmas trees decorated and all lit up in the Palmerton Borough Park.
But, before that vision can come to fruition, families, businesses and various organizations are being sought to sponsor them.
The Christmas in the Park Committee said on Wednesday it would like to have 25 decorated trees from various members of the community.
Committee member Michele O'Neill said the trees would line the walkways of the park, and be lit and decorated by the sponsor in time for the Christmas in the Park 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 come and enjoy.
O'Neill noted that vandalism will not be tolerated, and added "If we don't do something because there could be vandalism, then the vandals have already won."
The group also plans to reach out to various groups in the community to provide Christmas music. Santa will be there for the kids, and vendors will sell baked goods.
"We're looking to have the trees set up in the park throughout the holiday season for all to enjoy," O'Neill said. "All trees will have the sponsor noted on them."
The committee said Sunday, Dec. 1, would be the date to set up and decorate the trees, while Friday, Dec. 6, would be the last day to decorate them.
Hosted by the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee, the Christmas in the Park event is scheduled to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the borough park.
It will serve as the kick off of the holiday season, with the lighting of the new park lights and the Christmas trees, O'Neill said.
Anyone who would like to purchase a tree, or serve as a vendor, may contact O'Neill at (610)-737-4503.
The committee plans to decorate the park with new lights in time for Christmas.
Earlier this month, the committee received several more contributions during a gathering at First Northern Bank & Trust, Palmerton.
Those donations included $1,000 from the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corporation; $1,008 from First Northern Bank & Trust, Palmerton; and $352 from First Northern Bank & Trust, Gilbert.
Last month, 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 in time for Christmas.
In June the committee 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 all 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, committee chairman, 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, Sept. 11, in the borough hall. A meeting of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee will then follow at 7 p.m.