Holiday spirit will come alive

While a look at the calendar shows that Christmas is more than two months away, the Follansbee Municipal Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holiday this weekend.

It will all be a part of the annual Christmas in the Park celebration.

Set to be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the park will be decorated with Christmas lights and bows, and Christmas music will help to set the tone. More than 100 vendors will be set up to sell crafts, food and other holiday-themed items.

And, of course, Santa Claus will visit the event at 1 p.m. both days.

While the festival is a fun way to spend a fall weekend, it’s important to remember that the festival helps to raise money for two local organizations — the Follansbee R.E.A.C.H. Program, which provides a local food pantry, and the Anderson Children’s Home, which provides a home to children and adults who have mental and physical impairments — as well as a local young person who has special medical needs.

Re-enactors from the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line will be on hand to discuss our country’s history, and several community groups will provide information about their services in the park’s Community House.

The event offers area residents a chance to get in the holiday mood, enjoy a pleasant fall weekend and, most important, help to raise money that will be used to help others.