ASHFORD – After seeing much success during their first year, the Town of Ashford will be continuing their tradition by hosting its second annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
The Christmas tree lighting will be Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in front of the Ashford Community Center, located at 9377 Route 240, in West Valley and will provide fun activities for people of all ages.
During the tree lighting, Town of Ashford board member Jean Bond said there will be a variety of activities including a speaker, singing groups – a choir from St. John the Baptist Church, a choir from St. Paul’s United Methodist, a group from Trinity Lutheran Church and the West Valley Central School chorus – a visit from Santa Claus and a sing-a-long. Refreshments will also be served at the event provided by the Girls Scouts and the 4H Club.
To help give back during the holiday season, Boy and Girl Scouts at the Christmas Tree Lighting will be collecting toiletry items that will be sent to military troops overseas.
Coming into the second year of the tree lighting, Bond said the turnout and reception from last year’s event was great with around 140 people attending. She is hoping to have even more people show up this year and celebrate the holiday season with the community.
“I was extremely pleased with last year,” Bond said.“We hope that these town events will bring out people.”
Bond said from last year, she has heard a lot of positive feedback from the town, with people and groups again helping with donations toward the event. William Heim donated the Christmas tree, Gerwitz and McNeil Electric, Inc. will provide their bucket truck to help put the lights on the tree and the Girl Scouts will make and donate centerpieces for the community room.
“It’s another place for people to come out,” Bond said. “Residents can see their neighbors and get together with their neighbors.”