Tree lighting wraps 150th events
The De Soto community will end a yearlong celebration of its 150th year Saturday with the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration.
The event, which will start at 5 p.m. Saturday at the De Soto Community Center, 32905 W. 84th St., is sponsored by the De Soto Chamber of Commerce and, for the second-straight year, the De Soto Sesquicentennial Committee.
As in past years, Santa will be at the ceremony. But this year, there will be plenty of Christmas elves to keep him company, said De Soto City Clerk Lana McPherson, who headed the sesquicentennial committee.
"What's special this year is that Nikki Leisten's Lexington Trails' seventh-grade class has agreed to come as elves to help the mayor light the tree," she said.
The De Soto High School Madrigals also will perform before Mayor Dave Anderson -- aided by the LTMS elves -- lights the tree. That will be the cue for Santa to make his appearance at 5:40 p.m.
The Rev. Jerry Vaughn of the De Soto United Methodist Church will give the invocation at the event. The church will celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2008.
Jim Walker, who is heading the De Soto United Methodist Church's sesquicentennial planning, said as a way of sharing the church's celebration with the community, the congregation will serve cookies, brownies, hot chocolate and coffee at the tree light in the De Soto Senior Center.
The tree lighting last year was the first of 12 months of special events the sesquicentennial committee organized to commemorate the city's 150th year.
McPherson said remaining commemorative sesquicentennial items would be for sale at the tree lighting. Those include pewter plates and ornaments, 2007-08 calendars, long-sleeved T-shirts and copies of the update to the book Dot Ashlock-Longstreth wrote for the city's centennial "De Soto is 100 Years Old."