Palmerton Christmas decorating committee is planning sequel Hopes that next year's park event is as big as this past year's was
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS This photo collage of the Palmerton Area Heritage Center was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard George, and will either be chanced off or auctioned off at a St. Patrick's Day party held on March 15 at the Aquashicola Fire Department. The collage has a value of $150, and additional copies are available for purchase.
What could be better than the premiere of Palmerton's Christmas in the Park?
The sequel, committee members said this week about the highly successful event staged last month in the borough park.
Christmas in the Park featured decorated trees from members of the community which lined the walkways of the park that were lit and decorated by the sponsor.
In addition, Santa arrived via firetruck, and each child who visited with him received a goody bag, while free cookies and hot chocolate were served to those who waited in line. There were also horse and wagon rides, caroling throughout the park, vocal selections and audience participation. Vendors sold a variety of items, and crafts were sold as well.
Committee chairperson Michele O'Neill dubbed the event, "A huge success."
"I'd like to do it again next year," O'Neill said. "I think the people would like us to do it again."
O'Neill then took a moment to thank committee members for their roles in making the inaugural event such a huge success.
"I have heard absolutely nothing negative about the trees in the park," she said. "You've done such a great job."
She added, "This became more than just a day in the park. Families came together to see the lights in the park. Some of them said they were brought to tears by seeing lights in the park. I think the joy we brought to the people was above and beyond anything I could ever imagine."
"It touched many, many people, young and old," O'Neill said. "I think it took on a life of its own."
O'Neill said a list of guidelines should be included as to what types of ornaments people may be allowed to put on their trees next year.
"All of them (the trees) were beautiful," she said. "There were no complaints of people having trouble with their trees."
In addition, O'Neill added, "We had a great response from the vendors and crafts people," she said. "The entertainment went great, the horse and carriage, Santa was big."
Committee member Marj Federanich said thank you notes would be sent out to individuals and businesses that adopted trees, as well as the vendors and tree growers.
"They went over and above," Marj Federanich said.
Joe Federanich, chairman of the Holiday Lighting Committee, said, "All the good comments we got on it was well worth it."
Donations have been received, and are still being accepted, in honor of former borough manager John Kasten, who passed away last month.
In addition, Federanich said the committee will have a St. Patrick's Day party March 15 at the Aquashicola Fire Department building, with "Old Friends" providing music from 8-11 p.m. They will also sell doughnuts and Persian doughnuts on Doughnut Day, he said.
A survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DF2Y7R5, is available to anyone who wants to purchase or express their opinion about snowflakes on Delaware Avenue, Federanich said.
"We are getting closer to our goal, and if the people liked what they saw and experienced in the park, now is the time to send in their donation," Federanich said. "If they have already donated, and would wish to donate additionally, it would help us in completing our project."
O'Neill said that cleanup of the Christmas trees is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday. Those who attend are asked to bring a rake, brooms, battery powered screw drivers and a chain saw if they have one.
The next meeting of the Palmerton Holiday Lighting Committee will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the borough hall.