The Greater Bandon Association wants to thank the volunteers that contributed to last Saturday’s holiday kickoff.
We start with Margaret Pounder, Tara Shaw and Harv Schubothe who provided the glue to try to hold the pieces together. Day after day, they were three of the few who stepped forward daily to keep the Night of 10,000 Lights alive with an assist from Dana Nichols working with the City.
Washed Ashore was an excellent host site and we appreciate the help of Bailey and the Washed Ashore volunteers on duty who extended their hours, so that all the kids could visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa and Mrs. Claus (Bill Binnewies and Diana Yeager) posed for photos for the kids that were taken graciously with no charge by Gary Edmiston. And thanks to the elves MacKenzie Basey, Hailey A and Avery P and Cranberry Queen Sarah Skeie, who helped Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Sharron Schmidt and Pat Sherwood poured cider and passed out 800 cookies to visitors at Washed Ashore as well as 200 shopping bags to help people begin their Christmas shopping by shopping local. The cookies were supplied by Bandon Coffee Café, Big Wheel Fudge Factory, Bandon Sweet & Treats, Bandon Baking Company and Coastal Mist. Sysco Corporation contributed the cider.
We had carolers led by a few members of the Bandon Community Choir.
Steve Pounder did much of the heavy lifting throughout getting the event ready. Dana Nichols helped lineup the City Electric guys and Bob Shammot supervised the Port of Bandon’s inmate work crew from Shutter Creek to get all the lights up at the Visitor Center and Terri Loomis flipped the switch firing up the lights. Steve pitched in with installing and testing the lights as well. And Anthony Zunino took a lot of time away from business trying to make things happen as well.
Every event that is successful needs volunteers like these and more of them. More holiday activities loom. Olivia Guzman-Andor has a tree donated by Schmidt Family Farm that will be lit as a Reflection Holiday Tree at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Olivia’s Cottage garden in the Pedway. Dana Nichols is organizing the Lighted Christmas Parade for the Greater Bandon Association on Old Town Bandon at 5:30 on Dec. 9. And the Port of Bandon is bringing in Santa, probably by boat, at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16.
We are sure they all could use your help.
Greater Bandon Association