Weatherford News

Courthouse, tree to be lit up Saturday for holiday season

Residents of Parker County are invited to participate in the Second Annual Parker County Courthouse Christmas Lighting Ceremony set for Saturday at the historic Parker County Courthouse in downtown Weatherford.

Last year’s Christmas Lighting Ceremony brought more than 1,000 people to the courthouse lawn and quadrants for the inaugural event.

This year’s actual lighting ceremony will be much shorter, with Christmas Carols beginning at 7 p.m. and then the official lighting of the tree and courthouse at approximately 7:15 p.m.

New additions this year include four additional stars on the courthouse dormers, as well as antique lamp posts on the north and south of the courthouse, window candles and more, according to Parker County Judge Mark Riley.

“This year, we are making a change to the tree forest,” Riley said. “It will be called a Tree Forest for Angels and we will have more details on that in the coming days.”

Sponsorships are still available at $500 for the Corner Stars, $250 for the antique lamp posts and $100 for the Tree Forest for Angels. In addition donations of $20 for the window candles in the courthouse will be accepted in honor or memory of a loved one.

All donations will be acknowledged on social media, recorded in the Commissioner’s Court minutes and posted in various areas including the program on the night of lighting, according to Committee Chairperson Donna Tillman.

Tillman will continue to maintain the Parker County Courthouse Christmas Committee Facebook page, which will provide information about the event and about ways to contribute to the decorating fund.

Cash or check payments can be made at the County Judge’s Office in the courthouse, Hartness Print Central on the square with Lori Bennett or at Holland Lake Nursing Center with Tillman. Checks need to be made payable to the Parker County Historical Commission.

PayPal payments can be made by going online to PayPal, clicking where it says “Send Money,” entering and then the amount to be sent, adding in the appropriate field what is being sponsored and finally clicking under the “What’s this payment for?” field and selecting “Friends or Family,” which is the ‘No Fee’ option, which will not take away any of one’s donation.

Parker County Building and Grounds crews began putting up the 32-foot tall Christmas tree, nativity scene and stars on top of the Courthouse Clock Tower last week.

The committee includes Tillman, Bob and Carolyn Glenn, Jonelle Bartoli, Teri Smith and Bennett.

In the summer of 2013, Riley began working with the local citizen’s committee, which he appointed, to bring back the “beautiful Christmas look of the Parker County Courthouse that was once a common theme for this historic building” during the Christmas holiday season.

“Throughout Texas and especially here in Parker County, our courthouses are a direct window into our heritage,” Riley said. “Our courthouse, the crown jewel as I like to call it, is a reminder to everyone who sees it of not only who we were as a community, but who we are as a community. What we do today with our courthouse will help shape what we will become in the future.”

For more information contact Tillman at Holland Lake Nursing Center at 817-598-0160.