Christmas season gets underway with Caroling in the Park Monday

By Lynn R. Parks

Celebration of the Christmas season in Seaford will get under way Monday, with the 18th annual Caroling in the Park. A guest singer (his name was unavailable at press time) will lead the crowd in singing holiday favorites and it is expected that, if his schedule allows, Santa will make an appearance.

The event, which will take place in downtowns Gateway Park, will also feature the lighting of the citys Christmas tree. Residents can buy ornaments for the tree; the ornaments, silver-colored bells, are available for $5, $10 and $15. The name of the person who buys the bell will be engraved on the ornament before it is put on the tree.

Everyone who buys a bell will receive a set of 3-D glasses, holiday specs, to enhance the appearance of the lights on the tree. The caroling will start at 7 p.m. Rain date is Friday, Dec. 2.

People who are interested in sponsoring the event can send donations to city hall. For donations of more than $300, the city will engrave a brick in the walkway through the park with the name of the donor.

In addition to the caroling, the city is also holding a home decorating contest. All homes in the city limits are automatically entered in the contest. There is no registration process or fee.

First-place winner will receive $100, second place $75 and third place, $50. Representatives of the city will drive around Seaford on the evening of Dec. 19 to select the winners.

Winners will be recognized at the city council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9. The city is also holding a food drive to benefit the food closet at St. Johns United Methodist Church. Collection boxes for non-perishable food are set up in city hall and will be there through Dec. 16.

There will also be boxes at the Caroling in the Park. As you come out for an evening of festive cheer, please keep those less fortunate in mind by bringing an item to place in the box and help make someones holiday season a little brighter, said Mayor Ed Butler. For further information about all of the citys holiday events, call city hall, 629-9173.

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