Orrville Christmas tree lighting ceremony set for SaturdayPublished 8:35pm Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The town of Orrville is bringing in the Christmas spirit with their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Saturday. The ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m., will be in downtown Orrville.
“It’s really nice time to get together,” Dorothy Adcock, who helped to organize the reception that will be following the ceremony, said.
The holiday occasion includes performance from a community Orrville choir composed of members from different churches in the area. The performance is a new addition to the Christmas celebration.
“We just sang last year,“ Mayor Louvenia Lumpkin of Orrville, said. “This time we will have an organized unity choir.”
She said the group plans to gather Thursday night for a choir rehearsal.
Lumpkin said the program also consists of a candlelight vigil to recognize those affected by the infamous Sandy Hook shooting December 2012.
“We will take a moment of silence for the children in Connecticut that lost their lives last year,” Lumpkin said. “We will take a moment to say a silent prayer for the family that lost those loved ones last year. “
Lumpkin will be lighting the tree around 6:30 p.m. along with a young girl in Orrville named Kira Butler.
“I wanted to do something a little bit different, so she was gifted with lighting the tree this year,” Lumpkin said.
The official Orrville Christmas tree lighting ceremony attracted about 100 people last year, Lumpkin said. She anticipates the same large crowd this year.
“The one thing I can say about the people of Orrville is that anytime we have something the community is definitely supportive,” Lumpkin said.
Lumpkin said she is exciting about the annual holiday ceremony, and she believes it will be fun for all that attend.
“It’s just going to be a good Saturday evening,” Lumpkin said.