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November 24, 2013

Preparations for Courthouse Tree Lighting ceremony continue

Downtown festivities set for Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to participate in the Parker County Courthouse Christmas Lighting Ceremony set for 7 p.m. next Saturday, Nov. 30.

The event will be highlighted by the lighting of the 30-foot tall Christmas tree on the east lawn of the courthouse and the singing of Christmas carols by the Crockett Elementary Choir and “O Holy Night” performed by Sophie Clark.

The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with a “Celebration of Lights” beginning at 5 p.m. that will include caroling, carriage rides, shopping and entertainment. This is a free public event.

Residents from throughout the county sponsored battery-operated candles that will adorn the windows of the courthouse in honor or memory of loved ones.

“We had an overwhelming response to the call for candle sponsorships,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said. “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 and the names will be read aloud at the ceremony.”

In addition, all names will be placed in the Commissioners Court Minutes for permanent record.

Riley appointed a citizens committee to bring back the historic Christmas look of the Parker County Courthouse that was once a common theme for this 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. “I have arranged for a few people who are very important to Parker County’s heritage and who have been important in keeping up with our history to be the ones who will pull the switch, which will light the tree. I encourage the public to participate; this is going to be a great moment as we celebrate our past and our future.”

The Courthouse Christmas Lighting Committee is led by Chairperson Donna Tillman and includes Bob and Carolyn Glenn, Jonelle Bartoli, Britton Schweitzer and Lori Bennett.

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