Coming together to light up the town

Photo by Charity Maness/Fall River County Herald-Star

Shelley Hagans-Brown revels in the fun of making the season bright as she has fun decorating trees during the recent Keep Hot Springs Beautiful tree decorating event at Centennial Park.


By Charity Maness

HOT SPRINGS – What began as a grass roots effort in 2015 by the Keep Hot Springs Beautiful (KHSB) group to help the town sparkle for the holidays has become a community event bringing a festive and fun air to the town by wrapping the many trees in Centennial Park with seemingly miles of Christmas lights.

“It’s a way for us to help the community celebrate the holiday,” said Lennie Ramacher, Vice President KHSB, “a time for us to come together and show pride in our community.”

This year’s stringing of the lights event was held on Saturday, Nov. 7, and included homemade cookies, hot cocoa and seasonal music.

Little Miss West River Alexis Uehling-Mason, 9, lent a hand stringing lights while regally wearing her sash and tiara. “I like the lights,” she said, admitting that when they are lit she will proudly point out to her friends which trees she helped to decorate.

Each year KHSB invites the community to help string the lights the weekend before Veterans Day.

“Being a Veteran town we like to have the lights up before Veterans Day to acknowledge our Veterans,” said Beth Spitzer, President KHSB.

While everyone who showed up threw themselves into the job at hand, Spitzer was the one heralded for the effort.

“Beth is the heartbeat of the group,” said Board member Shelley Hagans-Brown.

“We let Beth do her magic,” said Keith Schroeder of the clear guidance he received for decorating. “It’s so pretty when it’s done,” said his wife Jo.

For more information on Keep Hot Springs Beautiful visit them on Facebook.

Fall River County Herald Star

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