Park Board says Christmas event a success

By Terry Baver [email protected]

BROOKVILLE — Park board members deemed this year’s Christmas Drive-thru on Dec. 3 in Golden Gate Park a success.

“The kickoff of the Christmas in the Park lighting was a success despite the rainy, windy evening that we experienced,” Brookville City Manager Sonja Keaton said.

Park board member Bonnie Cordes agreed.

“Everything went as well as it could when you have high wind flying through your community,” Cordes said.

“Everybody was on their game and made sure that everything was fixed and back together to present it to the community,” Cordes continued.

Board member Carolyn Haney was pleased with the variety of Christmas displays.

“The uniqueness of the displays is what I liked. Every one of them had a little different flavor to it and they really tied together and I think people have really enjoyed driving through the park,” Haney said.

“Hopefully that will spur others to take interest in participating next year because we still have some dark spots out there,” Haney added.

Park board president Adam Blevins said the mailbox for letters to Santa was a good idea.

“I believe we received eight letters to Santa Claus,” Blevins said, adding the letters were given to Santa.

“This was the first year we did this and I would call it a success,” Blevins said.

Park board member Loren Wilson was pleased with the kick-off and the Christmas displays.

“It looked very nice for my first year,” Wilson said.

Keaton informed the park board $353.25 in donations were received during the kick-off event.

“That will go toward bettering our light display in the future,” Keaton said.

Haney said the park board should focus on the Leiber Center next year.

“We need to concentrate on the front side of the Leiber Center now that we have electric outlets there,” Haney said.

Keaton thanked the park board for overseeing the event.

“I would like to thank the park board for its vision and its tireless efforts working on this event,” Keaton said.

“I would also like to thank Cub Scout Pack 47 for their grand display this year, the various groups that sat up their displays throughout the park, the service department who participated and helped a lot this year and the volunteers who assisted with the setup,” Keaton added.

Keaton also thanked the Walmart Foundation for the community grant the city received again.

Blevins echoed Keaton’s thanks, adding his thank-yous to the following:

• Brookville Kiwanis Club

• Brookville Optimist Club

• EyeDocs Family Eye Care, Brookville

• Future Farmers of America

• Delta Theta Tau sorority

• Brave Church, Brookville

• Bare Naked Tanning, Brookville

• Brookville Police Department

• Brookville Flower Shop

• Brookville Chamber of Commerce

• ARO Landscaping, Brookville

• Brookhaven Retirement Community

• Brookville Fire Department Association

• Sonja and Ray Keaton

• Santa and Mrs. Claus

The drive-thru continues from 6-9 p.m. through Jan. 1.

Golden Gate Park is located at 545 Upper Lewisburg-Salem Road.

Reach Terry Baver at (937) 833-2545 or via email at [email protected]

By Terry Baver [email protected]