"Christmas in the Park" Officially Opens
Hopkins County Christmas Season, Saturday Night
by: Bobby McDonald
With many looking for a place to entertain the kids, and others full of turkey and tired of watching ballgames, Saturday night's "Christmas in the Park," sponsored by the Hopkins County Historical Society, was the perfect place to welcome the Christmas Season. "We always like to bring the kids out to see the lights!" expressed one family. "We enjoy telling them how times have changed and really how fortunate we are to live in a modern age, with electronics and household comforts, and the rough, Vaden cabin, is the perfect place to bring that lesson home!"
"My grandkids can't believe that we actually shopped in a place like the General Store," added another couple making the trip. "They can't imagine that we couldn't shop on-line!"
"Times have definitely changed and it's a great way to show the younger generation just how much it has changed, and to enjoy the beautiful lights, Christmas decorations, and refreshments!" agreed all those in attendance. "We're truly blessed beyond our imaginations!"
"I remember those 'hard candy Christmases' back during the Great Depression, and it makes me just that much more grateful today, for the blessings that we all enjoy!" added another elderly woman.
Saturday night's "Christmas in the Park" featured live demonstrations in the blacksmith shop, music and refreshments in the Atkins House, a visit with Santa Claus, and a handbell choir in the Chapel, as well as shopping in the General Store, besides displays in the Vaden Cabin and other attractions.
If you missed Saturday night's display at Heritage Park, you are "in luck" as the display will be repeated next Friday night, December 2, 2011, and a "drive thru" will be hosted on Saturday night, December 3rd. Make plans to attend!
Enjoy these photos from "Christmas in the Park:"
Merry Christmas, From Heritage Park!!!