POINT PLEASANT — The Christmas centerpiece of Point Pleasant will be making a return this holiday season.
Point Pleasant will be having the fourth annual tree lighting ceremony at Gunn Park. The festive evening on Dec. 1 will begin with the Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Following the parade, Mayor Brian Billings will welcome all the guests to the event which he says, “kicks off the Christmas season” in the city.
The Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School will have performances by band and choir members. Rev. Chip Bennett will provide a message before community members and Pastor Bobby Patterson and Beth Rollins will each sing a select Christmas song.
After, Billings will ask for the community to join together in a singing of Silent Night before he lights the tree which he regards as an honor and, “thoroughly enjoys from the bottom of his heart.”
The PPHS Black Knight Marching Band will end the ceremony by playing Christmas tunes. Billings hosted a meeting last month, along with City Clerk Amber Tatterson, Street Commissioner Randy Hall, and chairperson/ leader of the group Marla Cottrill to discuss the plans for this event. The main topic of discussion was in regards to the tree. Since the start of the event, Crow Hussell Funeral Home has provided the tree, but this year Dave and Mike Rawson are offering a tree by donation.
At the next scheduled meeting of the committee on Nov. 16, the members will view the tree and if approved, Hall and his men will cut it down, transport it to Gunn Park, and then proceed to add decorations turning the plain pine into a Christmas tree. The final meeting will be held one week after Thanksgiving to solidify all proposed plans of the tree lighting ceremony. Billings has hope this event will be another great success and, “will remind the community of the older days,” when gatherings such as this created closeknit ties within the city.
Erin Perkins is staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.