30-plus exhibits illuminate riverfront park
By Jim Bloch
The fifth year turns out to be the finest year for Marysville’s Christmas in the Park.
“There 32 displays in Christmas in the Park this year,” said city council member Dan Shirkey, one of the organizers of the event on half of the Marysville Business Council.
Fourteen had been the top number of displays for the event, which began in the holiday season of 2015.
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“It’s ongoing until the end of the year,” said Shirkey.
With Chemical Valley on the Canadian side of the St. Clair River creating its own illusion of a Christmas wonderland and acting as a backdrop, the lighted displays are splashed around Marysville Park from end to end.
If you head toward the park driving north or leave the park heading south along River Road, every other lamppost along the city’s mile-long river walkway is illuminated by a Christmas tree, creating a festive approach or departure from the display.
If you arrive at the park from M-29, you are greeted by a “Happy Holidays” greeting floating high above the park, courtesy of ITC Transco.com.
An archway of illuminated “dingle balls,” so dubbed by Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Hayman during the second annual display, and the city’s locomotive, decorated by the local scout troop, greet visitors turning into the main entrance to the park off Huron Blvd.
An old RESA bus is lighted up in front of the shuttered historical museum. The band shell glows with decorations.
Ryan Wesler and council member Greg Badley of Farm Bureau Insurance are exhibiting a blow-up Santa atop a tractor.
Mayor Wayne Pyden and his family have their own display.
BTM created a 3-D three-chalet Christmas village.
“What a tremendous turnout for Christmas in the Park,” said city council member Shawn Winston at the regular council meeting Dec. 9.
The city’s Lighted Santa Parade on Dec. 6 helped showcase the park.
“To everyone who came out to the Christmas Parade, nice seeing everyone out there, everybody who helped put that on and participated in it, thanks, ” said council member Badley. “It was bigger this year than ever.”
Other display sponsors include Community Wesleyan Church, Meijer, the Regency nursing home, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Genisys Credit Union, Marysville Rotary Club, a locally owned tattoo parlor, Paumac Tubing and Intertape Polymer, among others.
“Great show at the parade and Christmas in the Park,” said Mayor Pyden.
“A big thank you to everyone who helped out and made Christmas special in Marysville this year,” said Shirkey.