By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
Recently the Washington City Council approved the annual running of Showcasing Nights of Washington (SNOW) with some new attractions during the coming year to brighten the start of the holiday season.
During a recent meeting, Main Street Washington director Sarah Grunewaldt said the group plans to include the annual decorating of Central Park and around the square. She also said that there are some new attractions that Main Street plans to display on the bandshell from mid-November. Traditionally, the SNOW lighted parade event is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 25 this year. Grunewaldt also asked to close the streets around the square from 5 to 8 p.m. for the lighted parade as well as a live radio broadcast. She said Main Street hopes to be able to have people stand outside of the Washington Public Library, where the radio show is being broadcast, and listen. Last year there was a large crowd in front of the library watching the production of ?It?s a Wonderful Life.?
?It was broadcast live, but you could also stand outside and watch it,? Grunewaldt explained. ?They set up an old-fashioned radio studio and they had performers doing old-fashioned sound effects right in front of the audience. This year they are going to have a vintage radio outside so you can hear better.?
Mayor Sandra Johnson said last year the sound had come off the bandstand and there was a delay. She said the radio outside would be an improvement.
This year the Community Theater performers are doing ?A Miracle of 34th Street.? The performance will be rebroadcast on Christmas Eve. The show is at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25, but the streets will be closed slightly earlier.
Grunewaldt also requested some long barricades for the parade. She said those are the best to keep people from driving around the barricades into the parade, which she said people have done in the past.
She believes that the parade will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end by 8 p.m.
She said volunteers would then pull the barricades out of the way.
Grunewaldt said the lighting ceremony would be held at 7 p.m. She also said that the names of people honored by the Lights of Love Memory Trees, a new attraction that is being set up in Central Park, would be read during the ceremony.
Main Street is offering 6-foot cut Christmas trees to be displayed in Central Park from Thanksgiving to New Year?s in memory of a loved one.
She said the trees can be purchased for $100, which includes the tree, a string of lights, a ribbon and a laminated sign honoring the person the tree commemorates.
Proceeds from the event go to fund the Main Street program. Grunewaldt said that 10 trees have been sold.