MASON — Thursday marks the beginning of the Christmas season in the Town of Mason, when the official tree lighting ceremony takes place in front of town hall at 6 p.m.
A 12-foot tree, donated for the second year by Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Inc., has been erected and decorated with lights. Helen Johnson, the town’s most senior former mayor, will throw the switch to light the holiday tree.
There will be singing by some members of the Wahama High School Choir. Refreshments of popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided by the town. Those attending are invited to bring an ornament to place on the tree.
Additional Christmas events will follow on Saturday, beginning with “Breakfast with Santa” at the fire station. Slated from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., the breakfast is being sponsored by the Mason Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Those attending can choose between four breakfast combinations for either $5 or $6. The choices include various combinations of pancakes, bacon, sausage, and eggs. Meals will also include a drink choice of milk, apple or orange juice, and coffee will be provided to the adults free of charge.
The annual Christmas parade will follow at noon, with line-up taking place at the Faith Baptist Church parking lot at 11:30 a.m. The parade will proceed to the town hall, where Santa will visit with the children.
The New Haven Road Angels car club donated $700 to the town recently to provide refreshments and a small gift for each child.
Later in December, the town will sponsor a Christmas lighting contest for residents within the municipality. Prizes are $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place.
Those wishing to enter must notify Michelle Pearson at the 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 at the winners’ homes on Dec. 20.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.