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    A Taste of Freedom Country Inn

    24 Mill St W, Tottenham, ON, L0G 1W0
     
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    Foodland - Shelburne

    226 First Ave E, Shelburne, ON, L0N 1S2
     
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    Happy Dragon

    226 First Ave, Shelburne, ON, L0N 1S2
     
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    Lloyds Mennonite Furniture

    1 Proctor Road Hwy. 9 & Hwy. 27 SE, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0
     
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    Sobeys

    500 Riddell Rd, Orangeville , ON, L9W 5L1
     
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    Alder Street Arena

    275 Alder St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5H6
     
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    Angel's Diner

    33 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1J7
     
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    Barb's Country Kitchen

    634041 ON-10, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2Z1
     
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    Black Birch Restaurant

    307388 Hockley Rd, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2Y8
     
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    Blighty's Tuck Store

    88 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3J6
     
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    Boston Pizza - Orangeville

    5 Buena Vista Dr, Orangeville, ON, L9W 0A2
     
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    D&D Pools & Spas

    78 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2E4
     
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    Deja Vu Diner

    318 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L3
     
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    Dufferin Garden Centre

    250 C Line, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3Z8
     
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    Fifth Avenue Family Dental Centre

    75 Fifth Ave, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1G3
     
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    Framed X Design Custom Picture Framing & Art

    75 Broadway #201, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K1
     
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    Freshco

    286 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L1
     
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    Fromage

    23 Mill St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1J9
     
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    Johnny's Pizza

    283 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L2
     
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    Kelsey's Restaurant

    115 Fifth Ave, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5B7
     
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    Lot's O Fun

    10 Centennial Rd, Unit # 1, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1P9
     
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    Lucky Lime Clinic

    299 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L4
     
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    Mad Hatter / Ruby Pier

    101 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3J8
     
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    Meridian Credit Union

    190 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K3
     
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    New Wave Pool & Spa

    308 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L3
     
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    Orangeville Flowers & Greenhouses Ltd

    78 John St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2P8
     
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    Orangeville Home Hardware

    60 4th Avenue, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3Z7
     
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    Orangeville Tourism Visitors Center

    200 Lakeview Court, Orangeville, ON, L9W 5J7
     
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    Philadelphia Kitchen

    281 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L2
     
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    Pizzaville - Orangeville

    47 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4N8
     
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    Quest For Cakes

    48 Centennial Rd #4, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3T4
     
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    RBC Bank - Orangeville

    489 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 0A4
     
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    Rustik Local Bistro

    199 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K2
     
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    Secure Insurance

    685 Riddell Rd Unit # 101, Orangeville, ON, L9W 4Z5
     
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    Soulyve Caribbean Kitchen

    34 Mill Street, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2M3
     
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    Staples

    88 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 2N5
     
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    Suzanne Gardner Flowers

    131 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1K2
     
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    The Barley Vine Rail Co

    35 Armstrong Street, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3H6
     
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    The Body Bar

    279 Broadway, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L1
     
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    The Cutting Crew

    88 First St, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3J6
     
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    Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre

    6 Northmen Way, Orangeville, ON, L9W 3B2
     
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    Zehrs - Orangeville

    50 Fourth Ave, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1L0
     
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    iPro Realty - Orangeville

    41 Broadway Unit 3, Orangeville, ON, L9W 1J7
     
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    Bliss Tropical Cuisine

    506195 Hwy 89, Mulmur, ON, L9V 0N7
     
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    Mrs. Mitchell's Restaurant

    887395 Mono Mulmur Townline, Mulmur, ON, L9V 2W1
     
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    Ken Young Aluminum

    633395 Hwy 10, Mono, ON, L9W 3M1
     
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    Nifty Nook Restaurant

    633432 ON-10, Mono, ON, L9W 5P3
     
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    Harry Stone's Pizza Burger

    19 Elora St S, Minto, ON, N0G 1Z0
     
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    Harriston Home Hardware

    18 Elora Street, Box 10, Harriston, ON, N0G 1Z0
     
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    Associated Billiard Companies Canada

    120 Regal Rd, Guelph, ON, N1K 1B9
     
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    Bigelow Flooring

    450 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1K 1A6
     
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    Cora

    35 Harvard Rd, Guelph, ON, N1G 3A2
     
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    Food Basics

    222 Silvercreek Pkwy N, Guelph, ON, N1H 8E8
     
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    Food Basics

    3 Clair Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1L 0Z6
     
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    Food Basics

    380 Eramosa Rd, Guelph, ON, N1E 6R2
     
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    Hanlon Convention Centre

    340 Woodlawn Rd West, Guelph, ON, N1H 7K6
     
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    Longo's Guelph

    24 Clair Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1L 0A6
     
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    Meadowville Garden Centre

    7767 Wellington Rd, Guelph, ON, N1H 6J2
     
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    Merit Glass Ltd.

    61 Arrow Rd, Guelph, ON, N1K 1S8
     
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    RBC Royal Bank

    987 Gordon St, Guelph, ON, N1G 4W3
     
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    Sarmazian Brothers Flooring

    575 Woodlawn Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1K 1E9
     
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    Staples

    370 Stone Rd W, Guelph, ON, N1G 4V9
     
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    Staples

    20 Woodlawn Rd E, Guelph, ON, N1H 1G7
     
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    Supreme Car Wash & Car Detailing Cente

    20 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON, N1H 3T9
     
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    Arthur's Fuel

    202350 County Rd 109, Grand Valley, ON, L9W 7N1
     
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    Brewed Awakenings

    17 Main St S, Grand Valley, ON, L0N 1G0
     
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    Broderick's Fergus

    257 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N8
     
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    Coldwell Banker Grand Homes

    162 St. Andrew St E, Fergus, ON, N1M 1P9
     
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    Cover-Ups Flooring

    199 St. Andrew Street W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N6
     
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    Fergus Fireplace & Home Comfort

    967 St David St N, Fergus, ON, N1M 2W3
     
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    Fergus Monuments

    375 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1P1
     
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    Fountain Head Health Store & Cafe

    212 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N7
     
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    Fraberts Fresh Food

    105 Queen St W # 3, Fergus, ON, N1M 1S6
     
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    Get Hitched RV Centre

    850 St David St N, Fergus, ON, N1M 2L2
     
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    Grand River Outfitting & Fly Shop Inc

    105 Queen St W #6, Fergus, ON, N1M 1S6
     
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    I Love Chocolate

    128 St. Andrew St.W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N5
     
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    Junie Moon

    133 St Andrew St West, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N6
     
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    Mosaic Spa

    830 St. David St N, Fergus, ON, N1M 2L2
     
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    Ron Wilkin Jewellers

    109 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N6
     
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    Sew What?! Sewing Company

    208 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1N7
     
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    The Breadalbane Inn

    487 St Andres St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 1P2
     
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    Trenset Hair Design

    105 Queen St W # 2, Fergus, ON, N1M 1S6
     
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    freshco

    753 St Andrew St W, Fergus, ON, N1M 3H2
     
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    Decor Solutions

    92 Main St, Erin, ON, N0B 1T0
     
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    Gorge Country Kitchen

    82 Wellington County Rd 7, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Katrina's Kloset

    3-54 Wellington Road 7, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Seasons Home Decore

    45 West Mill St.Unit 4, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Shoe Villa

    54 Wellington County Rd 7, Elora, ON, N0B 1S0
     
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    Sarmazian Brothers Flooring

    471 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge, ON, N1R 6J2
     
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    Highpoint Cafe & Restaurant

    20092 Hurontario St, Caledon Village, ON, L7K 1W8
     
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    Caledon Foot Clinic & Orthotics

    15955 Airport Road, Unit 202, Caledon East, ON, L7C 1H9
     
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    Rock Garden Farms

    16930 Airport Rd, Caledon East, ON, L7C 2X1
     
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    Coffee Bean Cafe & Grill

    15400 Hurontario St, Caledon, ON, L7C 2C3
     
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    United Lumber Home Hardware Building Centre

    12833 Hwy 50 South, Caledon, ON, L7E 1M5
     
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    Caledon Tile Kitchen & Bath

    12 Fisherman Dr, # 6 , Brampton, ON, L7A 1B6
     
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    Party Magic

    60 Healey Rd, Unit 1, Bolton, ON, L7E 5A5
     
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    Zehrs - Bolton

    487 Queen St. S, Bolton, ON, L7E 2B4
     
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    Belwood Country Market

    6 George, Belwood, ON, N0B 1J0
     
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    Arthur Cash and Carry

    101 Smith St, Arthur , ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Labelle Flowers

    270 George St, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Arthur Home Hardware

    7580 First Line, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Sussman's For Her

    143 George Street, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    The Plumber's Wife

    238 George Street, Arthur, ON, N0G 1A0
     
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    Ray's 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery

    1475 Queen St W, Alton, ON, L7K 0E4
     
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    Dream Wood Ltd

    13785 Hwy 27, Nobleton, ON, L0G 1N0
     

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Kay Cee Gardens: Christmas in the Park

A 25th Anniversary is referred to as the “Silver Anniversary”. For the Optimist Club of Orangeville, ON, this year’s 25th anniversary of “Christmas in the Park” will be filled not only with silver, but also with gold, red, green, blue, and all of the wonderful colours of the holiday season!

Kaycee Gardens has been the home to “Christmas in the Park” for all 25 years. I had the great privilege to sit down with a few of the members of our Orangeville Optimists, to talk about how this wonderful event has grown and evolved throughout the years.

“The event started back in 1993 with a group from our Seniors Centre that had decided, on their own, and with their own money, that they wanted to make Kaycee Gardens more festive during the holidays”, explains the group. “That first year, Bill Lovegrove and his friends really got it going”. This small but determined seniors group did everything by themselves. “They built a few displays, decorated the park with the ornaments they had, and put up as many lights as they could afford. They even made sure to put the lights up high, to distract from the lack of displays and decorations on the ground. For being such a small group, and with limited help and money, they really did a great job!”

Fast forward three years later, and this same small group decided they needed some more help. Who better to approach than the Optimist Club, who’s mission statement reads “Friend of Youth” and was a natural fit when it came to this particular event, as well as others throughout the year. A partnership was born, and the Optimist Club has been busy with this ever-growing event ever since. The original group of seniors continued to work on this project for the years to follow, and their impact is evident today. If it were not for this hard working group of community elders, this event would not be celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary, and clearly with many more to come!

“The Town of Orangeville, Town Council, and Orangeville Hydro have been huge supporters since day 1. Christmas in the Park has become a large tourist attraction for this community”, say the team. “We have people come from all over the world.” That’s literal by the way, as just a few years ago, a couple from England were looking at the displays on the internet, decided that they needed to enjoy this amazing experience in person, and that’s just what they did. “The couple has returned several times making it their yearly tradition, however in the years they could not come to our lovely little town, they’ve sent an email, expressing their disappointment, saying they could not make it this year.” The town has given the Optimist Club “exclusive” use of the park, and they, in partnership with the town, work hard on keeping it beautiful all year long. The club has built the covered bridge, the pergola, and the gazebo, all for community use all year through. Pretty amazing for our community, I would say!

So the evolution of this inspiring event has gone from small displays, and minimal lighting to more than 50,000 lights. I would like to point out that when they first began, the seniors made all their own extension cords, extension cords that the club still utilize today, and all agree are the best cords of the bunch! Today there are more than 50,000 lights, miles of extension cords, Town-installed hydro boxes throughout the park, and a yearly check to ensure all safety requirements are met and exceeded. The Parks and Recreation Department have been instrumental in ensuring the event is safe, and that it runs smoothly for everyone of every age, and every walk of life, to enjoy.

When asked, it was hard for the “Christmas in the Park” committee to pick one special moment over the past 25 years, but they certainly had some wonderful stories to choose from. “One young man called us, and told us he wanted to propose to his girlfriend during the event. We told the young man that not only would we help him, but we’ll create a large, personalized sign, place it in the gazebo, and have it ready for the happy couple by 7PM.”

“Of course, she said yes!”

The Optimist Club is fast to point out that this is a team effort. “We’ve teamed up with the other service clubs in our area, and they’ve all been a massive help. That’s what service clubs do, help each other, so the community has the best events we can offer.”

An important support element the Optimist Club depends on, to maintain and grow this event, are sponsorships. “We really do rely on the local businesses to help support in any way they can. That can be anything from volunteering for set up and take down in the park itself, to financial. It’s really quite easy these days. Most sponsors will give us a donation, and tell us to build a display on their behalf. We think it’s a great solution, because we have some talented artists in the club that are happy to work their magic, and the business itself gets to contribute to a fabulous event.”

Where this spectacular event could use the most help however, is manpower. “We really need help in the last 2 weeks before the park opens. This year, that would be the 2 weeks prior to December 1st. The set up, and then afterwards the take down, is a large undertaking, and any additional assistance is always needed and welcomed”. For the students in the community, it’s an awesome way to get their volunteer hours in a short time span, and for others it’s a great way to connect with others in the community, and give back to a service club that continues to give to us. This is the same group that puts up the Christmas lights on the medians, running down Broadway in the winter months!

The Optimist Club has little down time when it comes to “Christmas in the Park”. “We have about 2 months of “down time” after the holiday season, and then when Spring comes, we’re back on the job, getting ready for the upcoming holiday season.” The work this service club puts into this yearly event is remarkable. They’ve built an efficient storage / workshop, “the shed”, just across the street from the park and behind the Seniors Centre, where they store all of the magic that goes into “Christmas in the Park”. The shed is organized strategically, and you can bet that every string of lights has been checked, tested, and bulbs replaced before going in to storage. The displays are stored in such a way so that little repair has to be done (although the committee is continually working on the displays new and old). The workshop portion of the shed is insulated so this team work all year long, and still stay warm. Their commitment is outstanding, and it is very easy to see why…

“For us, the best parts are the look on the children's faces, being part of people’s Christmas traditions, and merely the pure joy of giving back in this special kind of way to our community.” What you won’t see, is that when this passionate group shared this simple sentiment with me, they all had tears in their eyes… this is an absolute labour of love

So, Orangeville’s “Christmas in the Park” is here for us, thanks to that small group of seniors that started all of this 25 years ago. People like “Doug”, who was still helping hang lights at the young age of 78, and “Grumpy”, who at 90 was out in the cold, putting up displays. This incredible legacy lives on, and our community is that much more special, because of them.

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