Es­sex Tree light­ing is De­cem­ber 8.

Es­sex Tree Light­ing is De­cem­ber 8

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: LISA HAR­LOW

The Her­itage So­ci­ety of Es­sex and Mid­dle River has decked the halls, and the Boule­vard, just in time for the An­nual Es­sex Tree Light­ing and Hol­i­day Open House on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mu­seum.

This free, fam­ily-friendly event will fea­ture gifts for the kids, snacks, the Chick Fil A Martin Plaza Cow, and live mu­sic from Smooth Groovin’ Karaoke with Leon Moses and MC Karie May. All chil­dren can visit with a very spe­cial guest, Santa Claus, who will ar­rive cour­tesy of the Es­sex Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany.

This year’s tree has been gen­er­ously do­nated by Fros­tee Tree Farm owner Paul Stiffler in mem­ory of its founders, Ge­orge and He­len Win­ter, who ran the busi­ness for more than 30 years.

“The tree light­ing is not just an an­nual Mu­seum event, but an im­por­tant com­mu­nity event. It show­cases the Mu­seum and all the hard work and ef­forts of our vol­un­teers,” said Her­itage So­ci­ety Vice Pres­i­dent Ge­orge Weiss. “Our or­ga­ni­za­tion works all year long do­ing fundrais­ing to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether for the cel­e­bra­tion of this spe­cial hol­i­day.”

“We would like to thank all the peo­ple, vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity lead­ers that made this event pos­si­ble,” added Weiss. “We are es­pe­cially thank­ful to Cliff and Deb­bie O’Con­nell of Cliff’s Hi-Tech and The CORE Group for their sup­port and gen­eros­ity.”

In ad­di­tion to the O’Con­nells and Stiffler, the tree light­ing com­mit­tee spon­sors in­clude Don Crock­ett from Rockin’ on the River and Sam Weaver of Weaver’s Ma­rine Ser­vice and Back River Restora­tion Com­mit­tee. The tree took sev­eral days and many trips on Cliff’s bucket truck to dec­o­rate.

“We are re­ally happy to spon­sor the Her­itage So­ci­ety’s Christ­mas Tree Light­ing again this year. I have been re­ally im­pressed with the Tree Light­ings the past few years. I love see­ing every­one gather to­gether on the Boule­vard,” said Cliff O’Con­nell. “When I was a kid, I used to re­mem­ber rid­ing up and down the Boule­vard and see­ing peo­ple out ev­ery­where. There were thriv­ing busi­nesses, and now the mu­seum is one of the only at­trac­tions here. It’s great see­ing the com­mu­nity come to­gether for an event like this.”

Dur­ing the event, vis­i­tors can grab a snack and take a tour of the Mu­seum’s beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated Av­enue of Shops. The mu­sic room, toy store, gen­eral store, can­dle shop and post of­fice are all decked out for the hol­i­days, cour­tesy of Life­time Mem­bers Sandy Gruzs, who is also the Build­ing Main­te­nance Di­rec­tor, and Weiss.

New this year, the Mu­seum will also be open on two Thurs­day evenings, De­cem­ber 13 and 20, be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. for hol­i­day tours.

“We are re­ally ex­cited about this year’s Tree Light­ing,” said Jenette Par­ish, Pres­i­dent of the Her­itage So­ci­ety. “We look for­ward to see­ing every­one in the com­mu­nity come out and share in the spirit of the hol­i­day sea­son. There are great things hap­pen­ing in Es­sex and Mid­dle River, and we are happy to be a part of it. The sup­port for our Mu­seum over the past year has been over whelm­ing, and I en­cour­age any­one who wants to know more about what we do to join us on Satur­day.”

The Her­itage So­ci­ety of Es­sex and Mid­dle River, Inc. is a 501 ©(3) non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion run solely by vol­un­teers whose mis­sion is to in­ves­ti­gate, col­lect and pre­serve the his­tory of the Es­sex and Mid­dle River ar­eas for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, and to sup­port and pro­mote pro­grams and pro­jects for the good of the peo­ple of these ar­eas. The first meet­ing was held in 1968, and the Mu­seum has been open to the pub­lic since Septem­ber 1975 in the for­mer Es­sex Po­lice and Fire sta­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Her­itage So­ci­ety of Es­sex and Mid­dle River or the Hol­i­day Open House and Tree Light­ing, go to­sex­, https://www.face­book. com/Her­itageSo­ci­etyOfEs­sexAndMid­dleRiver, or call 443-579-5266.

Es­sex Tree Light­ing and Hol­i­day Open House

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Her­itage So­ci­ety of Es­sex and Mid­dle River

516 East­ern Blvd., Es­sex, MD 21221

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