Mayor's Corner 12/20/2018

Dear Friends

If I talk any more about Christmases past, it will seem that I’m living in the past, and that’s definitely not the case.  To prove to you my forward-thinking nature, I’ve already resolved to eat less in the New Year and shrink. The intended result is that I won’t need to hold my breath when I tie my shoelaces!

Over the past few weeks, our City has been blessed with a wonderful Messiah performance, Christmas Tree Lane, great concerts, dozens of basketball games and other events and performances of all kinds.  This final weekend before Christmas, I’m excited to invite you to the 2nd annual Caroling in the Park event at the lighted tree in the City Park.

In recent years, the City Tree has been generously decorated by Richfield resident Doug Bentley.  The musical gathering at the park was an idea presented last year by Lucy Brown, a local 6th grader.  Lucy’s mom, Angela, recognized the potential and spearheaded the project immediately.  I’ve known and loved the Brown family for thirty years and I had faith in their faith that this would work.

This new tradition is the last Saturday before Christmas (which happens to be this Saturday).  Gather at the tree at 7:00 p.m.  Bring a flashlight.  Hot chocolate and song lyrics will be provided.  Carrying a tune is not required, but caring for friends and neighbors is!  Invite them to come along.  I urge you, no matter what the weather, to bundle up and prepare to sing songs of joy and goodwill as we gather at the tree.

I can envision, along with Lucy Brown, hundreds of citizens reveling in song as we firmly establish this great holiday tradition.  May we all have a joyful holiday season and remember this thought from CS Lewis, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.”

Mayor David Ogden

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