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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 17, 2017

Main Street offers memorial trees in park

Oct 11, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

After learning of a similar program in Ottumwa, Main Street Washington has decided to try a new holiday program called Lights of Love Memory Trees with the hope of further decorating Central Park in memory of people’s loved ones.

Main Street Washington director Sarah Grunewaldt said the group is offering 6-foot cut Christmas trees to be displayed in Central Park from Thanksgiving to New Years in memory of a loved one. She said the trees can be purchased for $100, which includes the tree, a string of lights, a ribbon and a laminated sign honoring the person the tree commemorates. Proceeds from the event go to fund the Main Street program.

“Downtown Washington is really special during the holidays,” she said. “We get a lot of people who have great holiday memories in the park. It would be nice to light up the park with more memories and more decorations. I feel it will just make the downtown sparkle all the more and what better way to do it than to make it in honor of someone you love.”

She said Ottumwa has a similar event in their park, selling over 100 trees each year. The Ottumwa event has been going on for two years.

Forms to purcahse a tree are available in the Main Street office or on the Main Street website. Grunewaldt said six trees have already been purchased.

She said the group has 30 trees reserved for the event, but can get more if needed.

The trees will be part of the annual Showcasing Nights Of Washington (SNOW) event.

For more information, contact Main Street Washington at 653-3918.

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Oct 11, 2017 15:04
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