Lighting up the town in Tonganoxie
Visitors gathered to once again kick off the holiday season Saturday in downtown Tonganoxie.
Folks gathered for various local talent performing near the pocket park at Fourth and Delaware as part of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting festivities.
Santa Claus welcomed folks into the City Council chambers for children’s pictures and conversations with Santa. Carriage rides and a hamster ball were other activities.
And, of course, there was the countdown to turning the switch on the tree with Mayor Jason Ward for the season.
“We build on the success of the tree lighting year after year,” Ward said. “The amazing efforts of our community volunteers and students make it all possible.
“It was a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season in Tonganoxie.”
Stories and artwork
Though the lighting was Saturday, visitors still can enjoy a holiday story written by local business owners as visitors stroll down Fourth Street.
This story can be found on the windows of the downtown businesses, which begins and ends at City Hall Start at the west window of City Hall and head west to LADD. The story then picks up across the street at Mutual Savings and goes back east to Main Street. Folks can read the final portion of the story from Flashbacks restaurant to the eastern most window of City Hall.
Students at Tonganoxie Elementary, Middle and High schools created ornaments for the Winter Wonderland in the Council Chambers.
TMS industrial arts teacher Chris Weller cut out the elves in the pocket park, while TMS art instructor Cassie Donahey created the artwork for the elves. Weller also cut out some ornaments for the decorations.
THS art teacher Amy Johnson and students Jordyn Spencer, Erin Williams, Lexi Lauri, Kylee Vestal, Christine Pudenz, Cameron Renne, Brenna Bigge, Alana Canales and Savanah Reynolds created sidewalk chalk artwork just west of the pocket park.
One chalk area is interactive for photos, as visitors can lie within the scene and “stand” on a stool and “hang” the star atop the tree. The chalk should stay if there’s not much precipitation in the area.
Youths also should check out information at the pocket park regarding the hashtag #elvesoftonganoxie during the holiday season.
Be sure to “like” City of Tonganoxie, KS Government on Facebook and @TonganoxieCity on Twitter. Youngsters then can take a photo with the elves in front of the Mayor’s Christmas tree in the downtown pocket park at Fourth and Delaware. Photos of the youths can be posted on Facebook and Twitter using #elvesoftonganoxie with the social media post.
The best photo of a boy and a girl with the elves will be deemed the winners. The contest will end Dec. 20. Participants are encouraged to be creative with their photos.
A winning photo each of a boy and girl will be selected for prizes.