Reedsburg shines with the mayor's community tree lighting

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REEDSBURG, Wis. (WMTV) - The Annual Mayor's Community Tree Lighting at Reedsburg's City Park Band Shell took place Friday night.

Reedsburg's Revitalization Organization began working with Mayor Dave Estes in June to plan the Annual Mayor's Community Tree Lighting to be held in City Park. Like many other Wisconsin communities, this one suffered not one, but two, floods within in ten days. The community shifted focus to helping those affected by the flooding.

It appeared the vision for the first tree lighting might be difficult to achieve and be put on hold until next year. After careful consideration, the decision was made to forge ahead because the community needed something to look forward to.

With enthusiasm throughout the community for the new event, the decision was made to launch the tree lighting this year immediately following the 9th Annual Reedsburg Living Windows on Main Street, a community favorite, in which shop windows come to life up and down Main Street. This year's theme for Living Windows was "All I Want for Christmas."

Warming barrels, treats, horse drawn wagon rides, carolers and luminaries lighted the way to participating shop windows. The community tree has come to fruition through the dedication of the Reedsburg Revitalization Organization.

Twenty vocalists from the Reedsburg Area High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of the Kristen Sporakowski, will be singing 3 Christmas Carols. Since Nov. 1, community school children have worked hard with the help of their art teachers and made all of the ornaments for the tree. More than 600 uniquely created ornaments came from; South School, Pineview School, St. Peter's Lutheran School, Sacred Heart School, West Side School, Webb Middle School, Reedsburg Area High School, Loganville School, LaValle School and members of the Reedsburg Boy's & Girl's Club.

The Mayor will select a student to turn on the lights from the students who made ornaments for the tree. While it is forecast to be one of the coldest nights, the hearts of Reedsburg's Mayor and community are warm with the anticipation and excited to light the 1st Annual Community Tree.

The Community Tree, a 14 foot Fraser Fir, was donated to the City by Wagner Tree Farm in memory & honor of James "Jim" Wagner. Sarah Hegg, daughter of the late Jim Wagner, delivered the tree to the band shell on Wednesday. DCI Reedsburg, LLC, Dan DeBaets and his crew volunteered to put the tree up and stabilize it. Hartje Lumber, of LaValle, donated the LED lights for the tree. Eben Christensen, a Reedsburg community member and DJ, played Christmas music in the park.