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Newberry plans for 'Hallmark Christmas' Sunday

Friday, December 7, 2012

Greene County's smallest incorporated town hopes to host a Christmas holiday celebration on Sunday evening that fosters a special family time of fellowship and reflection on the reason for the season.

The town of Newberry will host a community Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. in front of the town hall.

The first-year event will also feature the singing of traditional Christmas carols while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and holiday cookies.

Santa is also expected to make an appearance and participate in the tree lighting.

The idea to start the event surfaced after Newberry area residents Kim Pickett and Sharon Schneider had watched a Hallmark Channel movie that depicted a small town hosting it's own yuletide tree lighting event.

The two women talked and decided 'we can do that in Newberry'.

So, the planning quickly began a few weeks ago in the small town with a population of 191 based on the latest U.S. Census report.

A fresh cut Christmas tree was provided by a White River Valley student, Cody Ault.

Pickett and Schneider were joined in putting up and decorating the approximate 12-foot tree by Debbie Fish and Larry Rollins.

Becky Arthur, who has wanted to have a community Christmas tree for a long time, agreed to coordinate the effort to prepare the hot chocolate and provide the cookies.

"It is to provide our own Hallmark moment in Newberry by putting up a tree with a time for carols and fellowship. We want to take a moment out of our busy, hectic schedules to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas while being with friends and family," Schneider commented.

It is hoped that this can become an annual observance in this southern Greeme County town, according to Schneider.

After the ceremony, patrons are invited to visit the nearby Newberry Park, which has been decorated with a wide array of holiday lights by members of the Newberry United Methodist Church and the community.

Also, on Saturday, Bloomfield State Bank's Newberry branch and the Newberry Progressive Club is hosting a visit from Santa Claus from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m, where treats will be distributed to youngsters and there will be an opportunity to have photos snapped.

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