Tree-Lighting Unites Fleetwood

Posted on December 16, 2010 by

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Friday, December 10th, was definitely the night to be out and about in Fleetwood. The tree-lighting at the park put many residents into the holiday spirit and brought the community together for a beautiful evening.

Whole families came together in the bitter cold to celebrate the start of the holiday season. In addition, many local groups came as a collective: the Fleetwood Community Theatre came caroling; the FAHS Band arrived to play some Christmas tunes; and a Fleetwood Cub Scout Troop set up the area. The Cub Scouts were a tremendous help by arranging all of the sidewalk lights that lit up the park’s grounds, adding a very magical effect to the event. The sand that was used in the making of the Scouts’ lights was donated by Fleetwood Building Block. The FAHS Band provided some lovely instrumental background to many of the hymns that the community sang during the course of the evening. Some people in the crowd even decided to bring their own instruments and play along.

If you had the chills, then there was nothing to worry about.  Dori Martin Catering donated hot chocolate and baked goods, as they do every year, to help warm up the crowd and fill their stomachs.

The night also hosted a ceremony in which one house in Fleetwood was selected for having the best Christmas decorations of the season.

Patricia Keeney, an FAHS guidance secretary and a highly active community member, was very happy with the turnout.

“The event has grown a little each year,” says Keeney, who hopes that next year several shops on Main Street in Fleetwood will also be involved. She also dreams of increasing the number of activities available to spectators.

But many thought that the highlight of the evening was seeing everyone coming together to celebrate the holidays. Fortunately, even more ideas are already brewing for next year’s celebration.

Come out next year to spread the cheer and get to know your community during all of the festivities, music, and fun!

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