Chamber cancels Christmas Tree Lighting event

Hans Hemkes, Ramona Chamber of Commerce director in charge of the chamber’s Christmas Tree Lighting event scheduled for today in Collier Park, said he held out as long as he could, but the decision came a short time ago to cancel the event.

The message greets people as they arrive at Collier Park to celebrate the season at the canceled Christmas Tree Lighting celebration. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

“The fact that the wind was blowing so bad that trees were sideways made it impossible,” he said.

A little bit of rain would have been fine, Hemkes said, but the wind created a potentially dangerous situation, particularly if a canopy blew over and hurt someone.

The event will not be rescheduled, he said, explaining it takes about 45 days to get the approvals needed to put on a community function the magnitude of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

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11 Comments for “Chamber cancels Christmas Tree Lighting event”

  1. Evil Tom

    takes 45 days to get approvals which is why you postpone not cancel, when you postpone new approvals are not needed.

  2. Jeff

    Who calls it "Xmas" anymore?? So 1990's. It's CHRISTMAS!

  3. Frank

    It would have been nice if the sign outside said "Christmas" instead of "xmas".. Normally a scheduled event can be postponed.

  4. heinlein

    The cancellation of the tree lighting was picked up by Google News. I am sorry to hear it. Here in Boulder, Colorado, it is 11 degrees and they just held a very frosty Parade of Lights. There was, fortunately, no wind.

  5. jaime

    It was my families first xmas tree lighting cermony. we were really looking forward to it and took a drive to find no festivities. sad to hear it will be cancelled all together

  6. Ralph

    The community should hold everybody responsible. What could possibly take 45 days for approval?

  7. Christmas

    Was it an error to cancel and not postpone? Insanity. Now it's blown altogether. Nice. You all need to move on this and get a tree ceremony in order…pronto.

  8. Jane Tanaka MD

    The Bill of Rights, First Amendment states:"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." So can we not hold an event and peacefully assemble to light our community Christmas tree? And especially if the event is less than 4 hours, and we don't sell food and crafts etc, it doesn't need to be a County of SD Community Event, does it? The Chamber could XXX out its logo from the banner if needed. I don't envision the Sheriffs Deputies and Diane Jacob swooping down on us and demand that little kids and parents disperse in the midst of singing Silent Night.

  9. Guest

    Does this also mean the tree wont be lit at all this season? Why can't it still be on in the evenings even if the ceremony itself has to remain cancelled?

  10. Bob Loblaw

    Git 'er done, losers. Very not impressed.

  11. MWorkman

    Let's be perfectly clear here, since some clearly are looking to place blame and focus on perceived slights. Permits are required if you want to have vendors on site. If you want to have food, crafts, performances by local groups, inflatable slides, etc. If you simply want to meet in the park on Saturday night and stand around singing Silent Night while they plug in the tree, no permit needed.

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