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LETTER: Thanks for support of park event

Please accept official thanks from the Friends of Newton Parks Inc. for granting us the space to promote the fourth annual "Twilights at Chimney Park" held Dec. 4. Your support for this growing Christmas tradition helped to turn out more than 1,500 attendees who celebrated the start of the season in an enchanting woodland lit with thousands of strands of lights in unique displays. Giant nutcrackers made by volunteers working under artist Ann Wildmon set the stage for a number of new elements, including the elaborate decoration of the old house foundation and Mack McKibben playing Christmas tunes in the imagined foyer. An exciting new addition to the park, located behind the Newton County Library, is the handsome bridge built as an Eagle Scout project by Sam Hay IV, connecting the front and back of the park.

We're enjoying increasing community support for our festival of lights and are grateful to the likes of Covington Rotary, Covington Garden Club, Covington and Oxford Lions Clubs, Covington Service Guild, Heartland Woman's Club, Eastside High Junior Service Guild, Kiwanis Club, Eagle Scouts, Washington Street Community Center, city and county public works departments and the Newton County Recreation Commission for participating, along with many individuals who put in volunteer time to get ready. Fred Franklin is our ever-faithful electrical and lighting specialist. School art departments decorated trees on site, and school choruses and the Oxford Youth Singers lent their voices to the occasion. Children's librarian Carol Darusau told mesmerizing stories to young and old alike.

Chimney Park will be lighted again on Thursday from dusk to 9 p.m. If you missed Twilights, please bring your families and intown guests to enjoy the last showing for the year. The park is a unique venue in this community with its emphasis on passive play, imagination, creativity and exploration. Thank you for helping to get the message out.

-- Barbara Morgan

Chairman, Friends of Newton Parks