POINT PLEASANT — A unique assortments of decorated Christmas trees will make the City of Point Pleasant merrier for the holidays.
The Light of Christmas Tree Project sponsored the by Mason County Toys for Kids Association, will be returning for its third holiday season on Dec. 1 at Gunn Park following the Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Brandy Barkey Sweeney, the coordinator of the event, wants to accumulate at least 40 theme-based decorated trees this year. The project had 25 trees last year, but with the updated electric in the park and the landscaping changes more space is available this year.
The City of Point Pleasant had recently brought the lighting of the tree tradition back in 2014, the same year Sweeney had a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted and was placed on the heart transplant list. After visiting a local city park decorated with several Christmas trees, she told her husband that if she survived they would begin a Christmas tree project in Point Pleasant. She said people do not realize the impact a simple Christmas tree has on others adding that she has been told the act of putting up a Christmas tree in memory of a loved one is helpful on an emotional level during the holidays.
Sweeney shared how she and husband Brandon named the event, “We know Jesus’ birth is the reason we celebrate Christmas, so we came up with the name, ‘The Light of Christmas,’ tree project because He is the light.”
Mason County schools, businesses, churches, organizations, groups, clubs, and individuals are encouraged to participate in decorating a themed Christmas tree to be on display along the side walk of Gunn Park. Participants may either pay a $20 fee and purchase their own 6-8 ft. Christmas tree, or pay a fee a $50 fee to have the project committee choose their tree and have it delivered. Sweeney advises those participating to purchase a tree from Bob’s Market as they will deliver the tree to them and will be accurate in choosing the size of tree. All proceeds go to The Mason County Toys for Kids Association to buy gifts for local children.
On Nov. 25 between 4:30-6 p.m. a committee member will direct participants to their designated spot in accordance to their tree’s size. The project committee will provide those decorating a tree with two stakes, but participants must provide their own extension cords, LED lights, and decorations. Those participating are advised to weatherproof their decorations with zip ties. Tree decorating may be done on Nov. 25 or any day until Nov. 30. After Jan. 1 to Jan. 5 participants must remove any decorations from their trees they may wish to keep as the trees will be disposed.
For any further questions regarding the event, and to register a tree, contact Brandy Barkey Sweeney at (304) 593-6055 or Brandon Sweeney at (304) 593 – 2021.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing