Mother Nature had the organizers of the Peters Township Tree Lighting scrambling this year.
A chilly Dec. 1 drizzle that ended up strengthening as the night progressed prompted the decision to move all of the event’s activities inside. And besides a somewhat snug fit, everything worked out well and hardly anyone got wet.
Well, someone did have to be in the rain to flick the switch to light the tree and other decorations outside of Peters Township Public Library. That honor went to young Lester and Samantha Botkin, who braved the elements to brighten the night.
The usual format for the annual event is a musical performance in front of the library entrance, followed by activities inside, featuring a visit by Santa Claus.
Not wanting to expose his school’s amplification system to the elements, McMurray Elementary music teacher Ray Cygrymus led an indoor concert by students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
Following the tree lighting, Santa arrived with his cellphone to take photos of his fans – some selfies, too – as he made his way to a comfy chair in which to sit as he listened to the Christmas wishes of many a good girl and boy.
The event, organized by staff members of the library and township Parks and Recreation Department, also featured crafts for kids and refreshments for everyone as a way to say: ’Tis the season.