Columbia holds gazebo lighting

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Columbia - posted Tue., Dec. 3, 2013
Mary Claire, visiting from New York City, makes an ornament in Yeoman's Hall after the Columbia gazebo-lighting on Dec. 1. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Mary Claire, visiting from New York City, makes an ornament in Yeoman's Hall after the Columbia gazebo-lighting on Dec. 1. Photos by Melanie Savage.

This year’s Columbia gazebo-lighting celebration featured new spotlights at various locations around the green, courtesy of a donation fund created in memory of resident Polly Burnham. “Her husband was the first Lions Club president more than 50 years ago,” said this year’s gazebo-lighting chair and Lion’s Club member, Dean Toepfer.

This year, Santa arrived on a brand new sleigh crafted by members of the fire department. He was accompanied by a fire department ATV spewing soap bubble “snow” and a fire truck decorated with multi-colored lights.

Inside, after the lighting, there was a gathering sponsored by a number of town groups. Girl Scouts oversaw crafts and face-painting for the children. The Boy Scouts held a food drive to benefit the Columbia Food Pantry. And the Columbia Leos Club sponsored a coat drive to benefit Windham Area Interfaith Ministry.

The Leos were started in Columbia three years ago, and have been active in a number of community service activities. Their next big event, according to club president Molly Belekewicz, is the third-annual variety show, proceeds to benefit Camp Rising Sun and the American Cancer Society. “We raised $4,000 for the American Cancer Society last year,” said Belekewicz.

This year, the group would like to expand the variety of acts featured. “We had a lot of vocal acts last year,” said Belekewicz. “This year we’d like to branch out.” Talent can be drawn from all over the local area. The variety show will take place on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 7 p.m., at Yeoman’s Hall in Columbia. Anyone interested in finding out more about the show can contact Belekewicz at mollybelekewicz@gmail.com.


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