O tannenbaum

Michael Moore / Sentinel Staff

Keene’s latest Central Square Christmas tree was lit for the first time Friday evening.

Michael Moore / Sentinel Staff

Thank you to all who helped!

The annual tree lighting celebration held on Central Square on Nov. 24 was truly a great event for the entire family. This is the fifth year the Kiwanis Club of Keene has planned and hosted the event. We are very grateful to Center Stage, the organization that hosted the event for at least 20 years before us, for guiding us through the first few years and for donating their star and lights!

Over 60 children and young adults from the area were involved in the festivities whether as part of one of the choirs, as a member of the brass band, doing sound effects during the reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, or serving cookies and hot chocolate to the large crowd in attendance.

It is always a challenge to thank everyone who was involved in making this event such a success. We owe special thanks to our major sponsors, Fenton Family Dealerships and the Keene Monument Company. Other area businesses supported the event financially or with in-kind services. We would also like to thank the city of Keene who supported our sponsoring the event and and the PEAK Radio Station for broadcasting on the Square during the event. Then of course, we extend our thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus.

We thank The Keene Sentinel staff who came out to get pictures and wrote several articles before and after our event. So far we have been successful at controlling the squirrels and all the lights on the tree remain lit!

There will be a Thank You Ad in The Keene Sentinel recognizing everyone who helped make this evening so enjoyable for the families who came.

The Kiwanis Club of Keene is committed to sponsoring events that make a positive difference in our community. The Tree Lighting Celebration is close to our hearts and we plan to continue this effort for many years to come.

PEG BRUCE, DAVE GANIO

Tree Lighting Committee co-chairs and the Kiwanis Club of Keene