Millport's Christmas Trail of Lights
The Town of Millport proudly launched the First Annual Millport Christmas Trail of Lights on November 20, 2018. Town Clerk Linda Ferguson initiated this event as a fundraiser for the HALOS non-profit organization in Millport that conducts the annual 4th of July celebration. The 4th of July event carries a price tag of approximately $10,000 and reaches several people, some driving an hour to enjoy food, fun, fellowship and fireworks. For our small town of 1,049, it is a big event.
The Millport Christmas Trail of Lights offered local businesses, churches, organizations and individuals an opportunity to rent a space and decorate a tree promoting themselves. It is a great way of advertising for them. The trees are along the Millport Walking Track and gives the citizens a place to bring their families to see Christmas lights. A lot of effort went into decorating the trees and have been greatly received by the community. As a fundraiser, Clerk Ferguson was able to raise $2,000 for the HALOS.
"This is something I have been dreaming about for the past two years. It is great to see it develop, and I hope to see it continue for many years, growing each year. We have learned a lot this year. The weather has not been nice for our trees. We have several trees that are having issues staying up, and of course some ornaments have suffered wind damage. Thanks to friends and citizens, we have come up with solutions for these problems that we will implement next year. The night we launched, Santa and Mrs. Claus were able to fit in a visit with us and even treated us to a little slow dancing to Christmas music. The HALOS served hot chocolate and hot apple cider which were very welcome on that cold night. It was great to stand back and watch our citizens visiting and enjoying themselves. The Town Hall offices and employees are working hard to promote Millport, the Small Town with a Big Heart and look forward to many more great announcements in the near future," says Clerk Linda Ferguson.