Community Makes Park Ridge Winterfest A Success

Editor, Journal: The Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the people and organizations that came together to make Winterfest, the day after Thanksgiving, such a success. In no specific order, thank you to:

The library for celebrating their traditional open house and inviting Santa & Mrs. Claus to greet children and hear their Christmas wish lists.

Public works department of the city for providing the sand, truck and manpower for the luminaries, all the signage for the trolley stops and Best Decorated House sign — year after year.

Citizens Patrol for graciously providing all the volunteers to help out at trolley stops, on the trolleys, and at the crosswalks so it was a safe event for everyone.

Park Ridge Boy Scouts Troops 1 and 76 under the leadership of Scoutmasters, Ellen Valles and Christopher Parafinczuk, who come out faithfully every year to set up the 1,000 luminaries lining both sides of Prospect and Courtland.

The four businesses who sponsored the four trolleys so that people could ride them for free: Shops of Uptown; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group; The McGovern Group, RE/Max Properties Northwest; and Summit of Uptown.

Willows Academy Chamber Choir in their Renaissance gowns for singing Christmas carols at the library and around Uptown.

South Park Merchants Association for providing the live reindeer in the PNC Bank parking lot with their cute elf handlers.

Park Ridge Garden Club who had members judge Prospect and Courtland for the Best Decorated House won by the Hills at 711 S.

Courtland, so the chamber could put the sign in their yard and present them with £100 chamber gift certificate.

All the stores, merchants, offices and restaurants that remained open and handed out free cookies, goodies, hot chocolate, cider, pizza, quesadillas, and more. And all the chamber members who put a coupon or ad in the Winterfest booklet.

Maine East Blue Regiment Marching Band who played in front of the library to the crowds awaiting Santa’s arrival.

The Park Ridge Fire Department who brought Santa & Mrs. Claus in on a fire truck with sirens blasting.

The Park Ridge Police Department for their courteous crowd control.

Mayor Marty Maloney for meeting and greeting Santa & Mrs.

Claus upon their arrival.

All the choir groups who came out to sing Christmas carols: Emerson 7/8 Singers, Roosevelt School’s 5th and 6th grade choruses; the hundred Brownie Scouts & Girl Scouts Carolers, etc.

Park Ridge Holiday Lights Fund for providing the beautiful and festive lighting in time for Winterfest.

Our local historian, Karen Larsen, who rode on the Uptown trolley and entertained the riding public with folklore of Park Ridge.

Winterfest was such a success because of all the hard work by everyone.

Thank you!

Gail Haller

Executive Director

Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce

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