Thanks for contributing to our tree lighting

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2008

Thank you to Chatham Electric for stringing the lights with their boom truck on to the tree at 1106 Third St. Thanks to the Alaska Department of Transportation and the Juneau Police Department for the street closure permit of part of Third Street during our event. Thank you to the city Public Works street division for the barricades and cones. We appreciated the Douglas Fire Fighters for putting up the piper's tent and directing traffic. A thank you to the Douglas Fourth of July Committee members, the Douglas United Methodist Church, Treadwell Arena staff, Parks and Recreation and friends who worked to create a great community event.

The evening again was wet and happy. More than 100 people gathered around the tree on the Douglas Community Methodist Church lawn. The United Methodist Men of Douglas served cider, cocoa, coffee and cookies under the lantern-lit tent. Girt Scouts Troop 36 helped serve. Stroller White Pipe and Drum Band cheered the crowd with music. Wayne Jensen was master of ceremonies. United Methodist Men President Robert Chatfield gave the invocation. Fourth of July Committee President Pat Peterson welcomed everyone. Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho had children focus their flashlights on the outlet, while he turned on the tree lights. Pack 10 Cub Scouts sang Oh Christmas Tree. The Girl Scout Troop sang Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Jingle Bell Rock. Perseverance Theatre youth players performed a scene from their upcoming play, "A Christmas Carol."

Stroller White Pipe and Drum Band played a medley of Christmas music. The program ended with group singing "Deck the Halls" and "A Merry Christmas" cheer.

Greg Smith and Treadwell Arena staff hosted a very large crowd of children and families at the Skate with Santa part II of the evening. There were nice decorations, happy music, Santa and his merry elves to skate with.

Thank you, Steve Baseden, Shannon Seifert and friends for hosting the Skate with Santa party.

The Douglas Fourth of July Committee wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Susanne Williams

Douglas Fourth of July Committee

Tree and Santa Project


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