Hemlock kept the Christmas Hometown Holidays Celebration and parade tradition alive and safe amongst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual Festival of Wreaths kicked off the celebration with local businesses making Christmas wreaths. The wreaths were viewed: via social media, at the local businesses, or the Holiday Market held at the Richland Township Park. Proceeds will go back into the community. (Examples include sponsoring families during the holidays, downtown-seasonal decorations, food pantry donations, and the children’s Christmas party, etc.)
Area homes and businesses charmed many by “lighting-up” for those people not wanting to leave the comfort of their own vehicles. The gazebo, sitting in the middle of town, gave that small-town appeal with the lighting taking place after the Holiday Market. Masked community members and car-viewers enjoyed the sights.
To conclude the weekend's events, the Parade of Lights, took place through downtown Hemlock, proving to be a delight to all.
“We know this year was not the holiday celebration the Hemlock Business Association had originally planned, but the community still enjoyed this annual event,” shared Don Killingbeck, Superintendent Hemlock Public School District.