Monday, January 14, 2013
A colorfully lit Christmas tree decorates the concrete stage behind the municipal center.
They drank hot fudge, ate wafer bars, saw Santa Claus, listened to Christmas songs and walked around the pond. That was the scene at the inaugural Christmas Lakeside Light Display in Goose Creek on Dec. 6.
“This event is going to get better and better and better,” Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler told a crowd of about 200. “You folks who have lived in Goose Creek for a lot of years know what we started out with and know what we have today.
“We’ve got a very positive future prospective in our town. As the years go by we’re going to have more lights, more businesses, more civic organizations that are going to be part of our lakeside Christmas celebration.”
The lights by the pond behind the municipal center will be on display from 6 – 10 p.m. every night until Jan. 1. Every Friday evening there will be hayrides.
“Thank you to the Stratford High School band for providing the entertainment,” Hetizler said. “If it wasn’t for you I’d have to sing ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.’ I’ll spare you that. You really want me to?”
The audience cheered for the mayor, who sang the first two lines and stopped to more applause.
“All right, I’m going to know more of that song next year,” Heitlzer deadpanned.
The mayor then led the walking parade on the hiker biker trail around the pond.
Heitzler, City Councilmember Franklin Moore and Recreation Superintendent Cheryl Heiselman, among others, led the parade around the pond. The swift-paced walk took about 15 minutes as a small crowd followed along the one-and-half-mile course.
Afterward the line to see Santa was steady and stretched from the pond to the hiker biker trail.
The Stratford band played instrumental versions of holiday favorites such as “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
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