Holiday spirit arrives in Sugar Grove

By on November 18, 2013
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PHOTOS: Holiday In The Grove’s third annual lighting of the tree was held Saturday morning at the Sugar Grove Community Center. The Sugar Grove Fire Department chauffeured Santa Claus to do the honors in lighting this year’s tree. Santa posed for photos and guests enjoyed variety of Dave’s Coffee Cakes, coffee, orange juice and hot chocolate. Children decorated ornaments, which they hung on the tree. Photo by Lynn Logan

SUGAR GROVE—Kids, parents, grandparents, community members and even pets gathered around an extensively decorated Christmas tree on Saturday morning at the Sugar Grove Community House for Holiday in the Grove’s third annual Tree Lighting ceremony.

Although the tree was small in stature, the spirit of everyone in attendance was tremendous.

Holiday in the Grove board members wasted no time in delivering a dose of holiday spirit to the community. The board’s hard work and dedication was evident during the event, when individuals from the Sugar Grove area warmly welcomed the Tree Lighting gala.

“Our tree that we had last year died, but the Spring Bluff Nursery in Sugar Grove donated the tree that we have for the lighting this year,” said Diana Baker, president of Holiday in the Grove. “Also, Kelly Zablocki, a school bus driver for McDole Elementary School, designed the sign that we have on display, and it will be used the day of the event for Holiday in the Grove.”

Kids and pets had their picture snapped beside the tree as they waited for the lighting to commence that morning.

Sugar Grove Library Board trustee Art Morrical, along with his wife, Rogene, and their Labrador, Cody, participated in the festivities.

“We like to come out and support them at the Tree Lighting, and we also volunteer with them for Holiday in the Grove. Our dog, Cody, is very sociable and loves to be around everyone too,” said Art, who is also a volunteer for Holiday in the Grove.

Before the lighting ceremony, Cody walked up to the tree and posed for his owners for several pictures as if he was accustomed to being at photo shoots.

“He’s (Cody) getting older, and we like to make an effort to take his picture a lot. He’s used to posing,” Art said.

Everyone’s attention was drawn to the fire truck honking as Santa was dropped off at the Community House. He was a big hit among the youngsters in attendance as they showered him with hugs, doled out high-fives, and posed with him beside the tree for a picture.

“The (Sugar Grove) Fire Department always drops off Santa for the Tree Lighting. They’re involved each year, and they also help with Holiday in the Grove,” said Joy Rubo, who is a Holiday in the Grove board member.
After the lighting of the tree, kids and their parents and grandparents went inside the Community House for crafts and refreshments. Dave’s Coffee Cake and hot chocolate and juice were available for anyone interested.

“We wanted to have a sampling of Dave’s Coffee Cake today, because we are thinking of having it available at Holiday in the Grove as a fundraiser the day of the event,” Baker said.

There was also a table set up for kids to decorate ornaments with a variety of holiday themed stickers. After decorating, kids excitedly ran outside to hang them on the tree lighting evergreen. Sugar Grove village trustee Sean Herron participated and helped out with the tree lighting event with his infant son, Declan.

“I’m volunteering this year with Holiday in the Grove, and I want to help out as much as possible,” Herron said.

Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Sugar Grove Community House, Kaneland John Shields Elementary School and Sugar Grove Public Library.