by Chris Studor
More than 200 residents joined in the fun at the return of Happy Hinckley Holiday, sponsored by the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce, Dec. 3. After a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic, Chamber members gave it their all to bring back the holiday gathering.
Hosted in the former fire station bay area at the township administration building, as residents entered they were treated to cookies and hot chocolate served by the Hinckley Women’s’ Club. Rows of tables, decked out in red and green tablecloths, provided a place for families and friends to gather. Christmas plants and greenery, on loan from Petitti’s, enhanced the Christmas atmosphere along with several lighted trees decorated by volunteers.
Entertaining throughout the evening was the Christmas Grove with band members inviting children to come to the stage and sing familiar Christmas songs.
“We put out a call for volunteers and got a great response,” said Mark Staron, Chamber vice-president. “Chairs and tables were donated by DMK Party Rental and volunteers quickly had them covered with red and green tablecloths. Volunteers also helped set up the lights at the Hinckley Veterans Memorial Park.”
Trustee Melissa Augustine told those in attendance how good it was to have the event back.
“Looking out at all the families having fun, and knowing a big part of this evening are all the volunteers and donors who gave of their time and talent, is reflected in the township motto: Small Town, Big Hearts.”
About halfway through the evening, a township fire engine came roaring into the parking lot and out jumped Santa and his elf helper. It didn’t take long for the children and some adults to line up to tell Santa their special wishes. Coloring books and crayons were also passed out by Santa’s elf.
As the evening came to a close, the crowd walked over to the Memorial Park where carols were sung and the tree was lit. ∞
Featured Photo: Brothers Rory and Embry tell Santa what is on their Christmas list. After visiting with Santa, one of Santa’s elves gave each child a coloring book and crayons. Photo by Chris Studor