2016-12-16 / Letters


Many helped make HolidayFest successful

To the editor:

On the cold clear evening of Dec. 2, South Portland’s Mill Creek Park was filled with the sounds, scents and visions of the holidays. Hundreds of residents enjoyed the clipclopping of Stillbrook Acres’ four big draft horses as they pulled farm wagons full of riders through the streets, the aroma of hot chocolate, cider and hot dogs wafting from the concession tables, Santa handing out candy canes in city hall and the amazing voices of the middle and high school chorus students soaring throughout the park. The annual HolidayFest tree lighting celebration was a fabulous success, thanks once again to all the partners who came together to make it happen.

Guest emcees from WMTW News Channel 8, Meghan Torjussen and Katie Thompson, welcomed revelers and thanked sponsors, donors and volunteers. At the stroke of 6 p.m., the lights came on all throughout the park – 5 miles of lights – to the cheers of the delighted crowd. Thank you Meghan, Katie, singers and Santa for your special contributions.

Organizing partners, the city of South Portland, South Portland Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department, South Portland School Department and the South Portland/ Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce, would like to thank our enthusiastic sponsors, without whose generous support the event would not be possible. They are: Texas Instruments, Embers, Stoves & Fireplaces, Town and Country Federal Credit Union, Ocean House Real Estate, Two Lights Dental, Ainsworth, Thelin & Raftice, South Portland Schools Superintendent Kunin, Kaplan University, Gorrill Palmer, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, Peoples United Bank, Gorham Savings Bank, Saco and Biddeford Savings, Norway Savings Bank and US Cellular.

We extend our deepest appreciation to everyone for helping make our community an amazing place to live, work, go to school and play.

Jane Eberle, president South Portland, Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce

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