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Parrsboro tree lights up the night

Cumberland municipal councillor Norm Rafuse is joined by Ava Walton and Mack Spencer before throwing the switch to officially kick off the Christmas season in Parrsboro on Nov. 22. Walton’s name was drawn to turn on the Christmas lights at the bandstand. Lawrence Nichol photo
Cumberland municipal councillor Norm Rafuse is joined by Ava Walton and Mack Spencer before throwing the switch to officially kick off the Christmas season in Parrsboro on Nov. 22. Walton’s name was drawn to turn on the Christmas lights at the bandstand. Lawrence Nichol photo - Contributed
PARRSBORO, N.S. —

The weather forecast for Friday’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting was dire, but as 6 p.m. rolled around it was cold and the rain had stopped. Over 200 people crowded around the Bandstand to sing, enjoy the celebration and sample chocolate treats.

The Parrsboro Citizens Choir, directed by David Towns, led a sing-a-long with all the old favourites. Everyone – big kids and small - loved it.

Then, the suspense was palpable. Norm Rafuse, municipal councillor, stood centre stage holding the basket of children’s names. Young Mack Spencer did the honours by drawing lucky Ava Welton’s name and the countdown to light the magnificent tree began.

Hot chocolate, donated by Tim Horton’s and Giselle Henwood’s home made cookies added a wonderful touch to the cold, crisp night. The goodies were served by Cecilia Albanese, Hanna Brambach, Emeril Leights and Kegan Currie; youth from PRHS. At the end of the ceremony, Wally Mohamed, owner of Pizza L’Amore, drew two more names; Gracie Taylor and Harley MacAloney each won pizza. The merriment was captured for posterity by Lawrence Nicol, photographer.

The Parrsboro & District Board of Trade is so fortunate to have The Claus Cause, an eager cadre of enthusiastic and energetic souls, as members. The Claus Cause plans designs and installs so many of the wonderful Main Street and Bandstand Christmas decorations. Their fundraising efforts and hard work are appreciated by all.

-Submitted by Rosemary Rowntree

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