GREENVILLE — The Greenville Christmas Committee has several events planned for the holiday that are sure to delight both children and adults.
The lighting of a large evergreen tree in front of the Union Evangelical Church in the village will begin the festivities at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Members of the Moosehead Community Choir will lead the community in the singing of Christmas carols, according to Everett Parker, chairman of the Christmas committee.
Greenville firefighters will string the lights over the giant tree on Dec. 3. Trees in the so-called mini-pit park on South Main Street will be decorated by the Christmas committee.
The Ready Workers Society will host a Christmas fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Community House.
A Christmas reading hour will be offered at the Shaw Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9 and 16.
The Moosehead Historical Society will sponsor a Christmas open house at the Eveleth-Crafts Sheridan Historical House on Pritham Avenue from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10.
Members and friends of the Christmas committee will work on decorating holiday greenery sprigs which will be distributed to senior citizens on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 12-13, according to Parker. Anyone interested in helping to decorate the arrangements should call Sharon Jones at 695-2421. The decorated arrangements will be distributed to Dean, Pritham and Nickerson Parks and to Chieftain Heights senior centers on Thursday, Dec. 14.
Parker said local young people and adults will visit the centers beginning at 6 p.m. to deliver the greenery and sing Christmas carols. Afterward, the participants will gather in the basement of the People’s United Methodist Church for hot chocolate and cookies. Anyone interested in taking part in the caroling should contact Fran Emmons at 695-2128.
Another popular aspect of holiday activities each year is the judging and awarding of certificates for Christmas lighting. This year’s judging will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. Residents who wish to have their lighting arrangements judged are asked to have the lights on by 6:30 p.m. that evening. Three judges will make their deliberations during the evening.
Categories being judged will include: best lighting display, most creative display, Maine Christmas theme, best business display, which is an award from the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, traditional Christmas spirit and best neighborhood award.