The Singing Christmas Tree in St. Marys closes out the weekend with success
The revival of the Singing Christmas was a success.
Organizers say both days were a packed house and the community was very excited to see this St. Marys tradition return.
The tree includes adults of all ages and some were even on the original tree.
"It had a lot of moving parts and a lot of people that have committed themselves to being part of its success," said Joe Safety, executive director of Pleasants Area Chamber of Commerce. It's a labor of love in many ways and I'm very proud that the community has stepped up to the degree that it has."
Organizers say, they are looking forward to making this an annual event again.
After a 28 year hiatus, the Pleasants County community is excited to bring back the "singing Christmas tree."
Volunteers from carpenters union in Parkersburg assembled the "Christmas tree."
Members of the Saint Marys community are volunteering and helping bring this event back to life. The singing Christmas tree tradition began with only students from Saint Marys High School back in the 1950s and ended in 1991.
But after much community involvement it is back and this time it will be community members performing for the first time.
Allen Thacker is a volunteer that was very instrumental in helping bring this holiday event back to life.
Thacker says, there will be former choir directors and original tree performers in this production.
Susan Bailey is a committee member and says, her dad was one of the original choir directors, so this event is very near and dear to her heart.
"It was a really big part of the Christmas season for so many years" said Bailey. "Everybody really looked forward to it and everyone seems really excited about bringing it back."
The first practice on the scaffold will be on Monday.
The Singing Christmas Tree will be performing at 7 p.m. on December 13th and at 2 p.m. on December 15th at First Baptist Church in Saint Marys.