Residents of Parker County are invited to participate in the Parker County Courthouse Christmas Lighting Ceremony set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30.
In an effort to help fundraising for this year’s courthouse Christmas decorations, Parker County Judge Mark Riley is offering residents the opportunity to sponsor a battery-operated candle for $20 to be placed in the courthouse windows in honor or memory of a loved one.
Each candle sponsor, along with the name of the person the candle is dedicated to, will be listed in the program for the lighting ceremony.
In addition, all names will be placed in the Commissioners Court minutes for permanent record and the candles will be used for years to come in honor or memory of your loved one. “The courthouse is special to me and to this community,” Riley said. “The response to the lighting of the courthouse with stars and a 30-foot tree has been exciting. The citizens committee I appointed to lead this project has done an excellent job.”
Those who would like to sponsor a candle can do so by contacting Judge Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling his office at 817-598-6148 and speaking with any member of his staff.
Riley has been working with a local citizens committee to bring back the beautiful Christmas look of the Parker County Courthouse that was once a common theme for this historic building during the Christmas holiday season.
“Throughout Texas and especially here in Parker County our courthouses are a direct window into our heritage,” Riley said. “Our courthouse, the crown jewel as I like to call it, is a reminder to everyone who sees it of not only who we were as a community, but who we are as a community. What we do today with our courthouse will help shape what we will become in the future.”
The new look will include Christmas lights on the courthouse, four large stars atop the clock tower, multiple Christmas Trees, including one approximately 30 feet tall, along with the dedication candles in the windows.
The citizens committee, known as the Courthouse Christmas Lighting Committee, is led by Committee Chairperson Donna Tillman and includes Bob and Carolyn Glenn, Jonelle Bartoli, Britton Schweitzer and Lori Bennett.
“We are working hard to raise funds and still need more to meet our goal,” Tillman said.
Donation jars are available for those wishing to assist in the funding of the Courthouse Christmas Lighting at the following locations: Something Special, Cup and Cake, Quickprint, Mainstreet Mercantile, Hartness Print Central, Sassy’s, Texas Butane, Back to Yesterday, Arbor Lane, Red Rooster, Bennett’s Office Supply, Downtown Café, Rhema Boutique, Dave Deison C.P.A., Craig’s Music, Brilliant Medical Boutique, Pizza Place, Weatherford Chiropractic, Mother Lode, Hair on the Square and Le Chateau K-9 Day Spa.
Those wishing to make a donation for the stars and trees can do so by calling Tillman at Holland Lake Nursing Center in Weatherford at 817-598-0160.
Those who would like to purchase a print of the courthouse, commissioned by First National Bank, with proceeds going to the Christmas Lighting Committee, can do so by contacting Lori Bennett at Hartness Print Central on the square in Weatherford at 817-594-6020.
More information can be found at the committee’s Facebook page: “Parker County Courthouse Christmas Committee.” The committee also has a Facebook event page for that night called “Celebration of Lights-The Lighting of the Parker County Courthouse Christmas Tree & Stars.”
For those interested in old photos of the courthouse as well as the posting of memories and stories about the courthouse they can go to the Facebook page: “Parker County Historic Courthouse.” That page is maintained by Judge Riley. To post comments on the page just request to join the page.