Volunteers make holiday brighter

 


Two weeks ago the town was decorated with festive lights in preparation for the holidays.

Two groups are responsible for making our town festive — The Saratoga Lions Club and the Valley Service Organization.

This weekend the season will officially kick off with Festival of Trees, the Light Parade and Winter Wonderland.

Without volunteers, these events would not happen. The Chamber sponsors the Festival of Trees, and for 11 years, the community has come through by donating decorated trees, wreaths and baskets.

For those same 11 years, the community has opened their hearts and their wallets to purchase these items to benefit some non-profit in the community. VSO has been sponsoring Winter Wonderland for several years, and it is a chance for the little children to visit with Santa Claus and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Businesses that support your community and your schools all year long are hoping you will shop locally this year.

Many of the business owners are the same people who belong to the organizations that take time to bring us the wonderful weekend kicking off the Christmas season.

This year, take time to go to the parade but wrap up for winter though, because it is going to be cold. Then warm up with chili and hot cocoa at the Community Center and say hi to the volunteers, after the parade.

There is still time to make reservations for the Festival of Trees Auction and Gala. It is always fun to watch Teense Willford in action at the auction and who knows, you may end up with something you really want for Christmas.

Be sure to thank those members of our community who make these events happen. Without them, it would just be another cold weekend in December.


 

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