Gleason prepares for annual ‘Hometown Christmas’

Gleason prepares for annual ‘Hometown Christmas’
By JIM MANSFIELD
Special to the Press
Downtown Gleason will be alive with festivity Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. as the city celebrates a “Hometown Christmas.”
It’s a chance for Gleason residents and visitors to celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday, support local merchants and enjoy time with family, friends and neighbors.
“More than 25 Gleason residents have devoted their time, energy and ideas to this year’s Hometown Christmas,” said Gleason Mayor Diana Pool, who will open the event at 5 p.m.
Gleason church choirs will provide holiday music.
Gleason City Hall will be open until 9 p.m. and the city is asking for donations of non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys.
Poole said this year’s event could be the best one yet.
“We’re getting good donations and a lot of volunteers to help us this year,” she said.
There will be a free drawing for prizes donated by Gleason businesses.
Festival-goers can ride in Gleason’s 1947 fire truck or ride a wagon from downtown to First Methodist to view the church’s nativity scene. There will be an interactive tour of Coke’s 18-wheeler.
The staff at the Gleason Public Library will read children’s stories, havegames and serve snacks. There will be an inflatable slide, free prizes and a cupcake walk.
The Gleason football team will grill, sell and serve hamburgers.
Gleason High School’s freshman class will sell hot cocoa, cider and candy.
The Women’s Club of Gleason will hold a cake auction, with all proceeds going to the Gleason library or to the Benevolence Fund.
Published in The WCP 12.6.12

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