BEND AREA —It’s that time of year again — time for lights in the park, decorated trees, wreaths, parties, and parades.
Christmas parades featuring Wahama’s marching band, cheerleaders, many others — including of course, Santa Claus — will make their festive way through the towns of New Haven, Hartford and Mason this Saturday.
New Haven will kick off the day, with participants meeting by 10:30 a.m. at the community center, and starting through town at 11 a.m. After marching through New Haven and Hartford the parade will meet up with Mason’s line-up at around noon.
Those who are participating and planning to start out in Mason should meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Faith Baptist Church. The parade is set to begin in Mason at 12 noon.
At the end of the route Santa will be waiting to greet children. Children and their families are invited to join Santa for cookies and punch, and picture opportunities. Hand-made holiday crafts and gifts will be available for purchase in the community room.
Immediately following the parade, also, the city of Mason will hold a fundraiser for one of its workers. Steve Myers, Mason town employee, lost his house in a fire on Tuesday night. The city has organized a noodle dinner in aid of Myers and his family. The meals, which each include a quart of noodles, two rolls, and mashed potatoes, costs $8 per person. Those participating in the noodle dinner fundraiser must purchase their food to go. Baked goods will be available for dessert.
According to local weather predictions, it’s going to be cold but clear on Saturday, so participants and those coming out to support them should bundle up.
For more information on meeting points and times, New Haven city may be contacted at (304) 882-3203; Mason city may be contacted at (304) 773-5229.