Northwest NEWS

December 24, 2001

Editorial

Festival featured fun and community involvement

Woodinville's Light Festival this year was a remarkable display of community involvement and fun. Over 700 people attended the tree lighting ceremony and other activities that took place at the new City Hall building and Brittany Park Retirement Community. This year's festival included a variety of entertainers at both locations including the East Ridge Elementary Choir, Leota Junior High Symphonic Band, Woodinville High School Jazz Band, the Dickens Carolers and The Islanders.
   The Teen Art Show brought in over 75 pieces of artwork from local teens and, of course, Santa was present to dazzle and delight all children young and old. Members of the Woodinville Lions Club were there to take free photos with Santa. The Elf Express Lighted Train was a definite hit again this year and many positive comments were heard about the shortened route and wait time for the train.
   On Saturday evening, the country swing dance took place at the Northshore Senior Center. This family event included a spectacular performance by the Mary Wiles Show and also a visit from Santa. Sunday was a great day for everyone who participated in the Santa Skate event at Kingsgate Ice Arena. Over 250 adults and children were able to skate with Santa while listening to the festive steel drum music of The Islanders. With their generous support we were able to bring approximately 400 pounds of much needed food to Hopelink of Northshore.
   The sponsors of this year's light festival included Brittany Park Retirement Community, GC Construction, Northshore Senior Center, Kingsgate Ice Arena and the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association, LaValle Printing, and Woodinville Lion's Club. Sincere thanks go out to all of our sponsors, entertainers and the many volunteers and city staff who made this holiday event a success.
   Mayor Randy Ransom , Woodinville