MASON — A donation by the New Haven Road Angels car club to the Town of Mason will help to ensure the town’s children have a happy holiday.
Each October, the club holds a benefit car show at the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W./Lottie Jenks Memorial Park in Mason. Proceeds from the event go to the town to be used for a children’s Christmas party. This is the third year the club has made the donation.
Last week, club members presented a check for $700 to Mayor Donna Dennis. The mayor said the funds will be used for refreshments and a small gift for each children during Santa’s visit at the town hall following the Christmas parade.
The town has set several Christmas activities, beginning with a tree lighting ceremony outside of the town hall on Dec. 1. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Bob Barnitz of Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Inc. will be donating the tree once again this year. He has been asked by town leadership to “throw the switch” to officially light the tree for the holiday season. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be served following the ceremony.
The Christmas parade is slated for Dec. 3. Line-up will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church.
The parade begins at noon and will proceed to the town hall, where Santa will hear the wish lists of the children. Refreshments and a small gift will be given to the youngsters, as well.
A Christmas lighting contest will be held for those who reside within the limits of the municipality. Prizes are $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place, according to the mayor.
Those wishing to enter must notify Michelle Pearson at town hall in person, or by calling 304-773-5200. The deadline to enter is Dec. 16.
Judging will take place Dec. 19 by members of the Riverbend Arts Council in Meigs County. Awards will be presented Dec. 20 at each winner’s home.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.