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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
Winchester Home Town Christmas organizers Sonnie Hoover and Stevie VanDeVelde have announced that orders for “memory trees” are now being accepted.
The sale of the memory trees serve as a fundraising activity for the Winchester Civic Group.
“The proceeds just help all of the activities that the Civic Group plans,” VanDeVelde said.
According to VanDeVelde, this year’s memory tree fundraiser is particularly important, because many of the Civic Group’s fundraising efforts have been hampered or eliminated since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“With COVID our fundraising activities have been limited,” VanDeVelde said.
VanDeVelde said that this year’s Winchester Home Town Christmas is scheduled for Dec. 3, and organizers are hoping for a big event to draw visitors to Winchester businesses.
“We’re in the process of planning now,” VanDeVelde said. “We’ll have vendors on the square, and a lot of shopping downtown , that we hope will bring people to town.”
According to VanDeVelde, a day full of events is being planned for the Dec. 3 event.
“I think Home Town Christmas is one of the Civic Group’s biggest events,” VanDeVelde said. “It’s all day activities. Santa will ride around town, and we’re hoping that the Winchester High School Key Club is planning on the parade.”
Besides generating business for local restaurants and retail shops in December, the memory tree sales also help support Winchester’s Tipsord’s Turf and Landscape, which provides the trees.
The memory trees will be lit Dec. 3 and remain lit until Jan. 1. Purchasers of the trees may pick them up starting Jan. 2. Trees may also be donated to the City of Winchester, to be used in city beautification efforts.
For more information on ordering memory trees or to get involved with Winchester Home Town Christmas, contact Sonnie Hoover at 217-370-9826 or Stevie VanDeVelde at 217-472-7253.