Story last updated at 12/2/2009 - 12:13 pm
Thank you to Chatham Electric for stringing the lights with their boom truck on to the tree at 1106 Third Street. Thanks to the Alaska Department of Transportation and the City/Borough Police Department for the street closure permit of part of Third Street during our event. Thank you to the City/Borough Public Works, Street Division for the barricades and cones. We appreciated the Douglas Fire Fighters for putting up the performance tent and directing traffic. A thank you to Douglas 4th of July Committee members, the Douglas United Methodist Church, Treadwell Arena staff, Parks and Recreation and friends who worked to create a great community event.
The evening began with the United Methodist Men of Douglas serving cider, cocoa, coffee and cookies to the gathering. This year was a special treat of Tuba Christmas's concert in the church. A first for many to hear eight decorated tubas of different sizes play great Christmas carols.
Over 100 people gathered around the tree on the Douglas Community Methodist Church lawn. Stroller White Pipe and Drum Band cheered the crowd with music. Anna Marg Rear was master of ceremonies. Reverend Imelda Ramos gave the invocation. 4th of July Committee President Pat Peterson welcomed everyone and remembered former Douglas City Clerk Virginia Post. Assemblyman Merrill Sanford turned on the tree lights. Girl Scout Brownie Troops 40 and 43 sang "Laughing, Laughing," "Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells." Tuba Christmas played "Joy to the World." Perseverance Theatre youth players performed a scene from their upcoming play "Dracula." Pack 10 and 15 Cub Scouts wore Santa hats and sang Scout Vespers and "Oh Christmas Tree." Stroller White Pipe and Drum Band played a medley of Christmas music. The program ended with group "Merry Christmas" cheer.
Greg Smith and Treadwell Arena staff hosted a large crowd of children and families at the Skate with Santa. There were nice decorations, happy music, Santa and his Merry Elves to skate with. Thank you Steve Baseden, Kayla Bishop, the Skate Club for skating in the Skate with Santa party.
The Douglas 4th of July Committee wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Susanne Williams, Tree and Santa Project, Douglas 4th of July Committee