With the passing of Halloween, many individuals are setting their sights on the next holiday. Louisa County Parks and Recreation is just one such group preparing for this year’s holiday tree lighting set for Friday, Dec. 7 on the courthouse green kicking off Louisa’s Christmas weekend. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the lights being turned on at 6:30 p.m.
“We want to give that gorgeous tree at the courthouse justice, so we are going with commercial lights and a real star this year,” Jane Shellhorse, director of Louisa County Parks and Recreation, said.
“We will be buying the lights, but we will put them on ourselves,” Tom Runnett, Parks and Rec maintenance and tree lighting coordinator, said.
To pay for the lighting project, residents and businesses will have the opportunity to “buy” a light in honor or memory of someone, or to donate for different levels of sponsorship this year and for years to come. The cost of buying a light is $10 per name and will go toward the cost of the lighting project which is approximately $4,300. Once this lighting project is paid in full, Shelhorse expects that an additional lighting project can be purchased for lighted garland and bows for the fence or lights for the bushes on the courthouse green.
“This year we decided to make it a dedication tree lighting so that people can buy a light in memory of their mother or their grandparents,” Shelhorse said.
“Or, they can buy a light in honor of someone,” Runnett added.
A reading of the names for whom lights were purchased will be held prior to Mayor Jim Artz lighting the tree.
“We will read the names after some of the performances and the singing of a couple of carols,” Shelhorse said.
Other activities in the planning stages include musical performances, children’s activities and caroling.
“The Louisa County High School Band is coming, Moss-Nuckols Elementary School is sending their choir and Jelita Hopkins has students coming from the middle and high school choirs to sing,” Runnett said.
“Beforehand we will be doing a free workshop in the Louisa County Extension Office where they [the children] can make these lanterns that will be put over glow sticks, and then they will march in a parade to the tree lighting ceremony,” Shelhorse said.
Anyone or community group interested in participating in the ceremony or supplying warm beverages or snacks at the tree lighting ceremony, should contact Shelhorse at Parks and Rec at (540) 967-4420.