The drive-thru holiday lights show at Evergreen Park in Sheboygan will take place however without Quarryview Center.
Our lives have been impacted greatly due to the emergence of COVID-19 earlier this year. Isolation, wearing of masks, events cancelled, businesses closed or impacted, virtual classroom instruction, jobs lost or working from home, and, in some cases, illness and death.
We are pleased that Making Spirits Bright can go on since, by the nature of the event, we can provide social distancing and an outdoor atmosphere for individuals and families to enjoy. All our volunteers are following the guidelines necessary to provide a safe event. The component that does have group gathering, Quarryview Center, is not a part of this year’s event. However, orders are still being taken for the annual memory ornament through our website and various newspaper ads. We are accepting letters for Santa in the park in the red mailbox at our Post Office display and children may listen to Christmas stories being read by Santa on our website and through Facebook. There may also be sightings of Santa near the Post Office display, so please check our Facebook page for alerts.
The pandemic prevented an early start for building new displays this year but the “elves” at the workshop have feverishly been working to compensate for that lost time. You’ll see a noticeable change over the next few years on the north end of the park, along the river, as it is being transformed, in part, to be a “movie themed” area.
As always, our objective is to collect much needed pantry items for Sheboygan County Food Bank. As you might imagine, their need to help families has increased exponentially due to job cut-backs or losses. We are hopeful, that through the generosity of all who visit this year’s event, our aggressive goal of 150,000 pounds of pantry items will be reached. No other food drives were held this year.
Many thanks to all sponsors and volunteers, in so many facets, who help brighten the holidays for Sheboygan County and beyond.
May you all find joy and respite with your families during this special time of year.
President of the Board