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Moorestown Christmas Tree Lighting: Photos

Hundreds of Moorestonians gather on the front lawn of the Community House Monday night for the town's first-ever community Christmas tree lighting. Credit: Rob Scott
Hundreds of Moorestonians gather on the front lawn of the Community House Monday night for the town's first-ever community Christmas tree lighting. Credit: Rob Scott
CORRECTION: Monday's tree lighting at the Community House was not the town's first. Moorestown used to hold a community Christmas tree lighting at Perkins Center for the Arts. Patch apologizes for the error.
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Hundreds of Moorestonians gathered on the front lawn of the Community House Monday night for the town's community Christmas tree lighting

Attendees spilled onto the walkways and sidewalks around the Community House to take in the festivities—which included music from the Moorestown High School Madrigals and a reading of “Elf on the Shelf” by local entertainer Chuck Gill—and get a glimpse of the tree.

George Schulmann, president of the Community House Board of Trustees, remarked that the crowd was bigger than organizers had anticipated.

The 20-foot Norway spruce—the same tree used at Rockefeller Center (though theirs is bigger)—was donated by the Palko family, in honor of Patricia Palko.

CBS3 did a live broadcast of the event, with meteorologist and Moorestown's own Kathy Orr anchoring the broadcast and providing the countdown to the tree lighting.
Donnerstag December 03, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Christmas in Moorestown got off to a great start! Thanks to Pete Palko for the Christmas Tree and the community house. Now onto the annual Christmas parade this Saturday!
Margaret December 03, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Glad the weather cooperated.
Jim December 03, 2013 at 09:27 AM
What a great tradition we're building with this event. Hope it flourishes and turns into a major event. Perhaps tie it into "Small Business Saturday" and support the local businesses? Now, lose the phrase 'holiday tree' and call it what it is.
I heart Mo-town December 03, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Thanks Rob Scott - for calling it by its proper name - a CHRISTMAS tree! Nice to see it written correctly!!
Patricia White December 03, 2013 at 09:52 PM
The "Red Badge of Courage" Award goes to Rob Scott for having the courage to call the tree of "The Holiday that Dare Not Speak Its Name" ... by its actual name. And see, no one got hurt. Thank you, Rob.
Rob Scott (Editor) December 03, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Thanks folks, but don't give me too much credit. I wasn't taking a stand or anything. Pretty sure somebody else referred to it as a Christmas tree first.
aswei December 04, 2013 at 10:32 AM
You failed to mention in your article that this was also the first time that Moorestown had a Menorah for Hannukah and that there was also a lighting ceremony for the sixth night of Hannukah on the front lawn of the Moorestown Community House as well.
algl66 December 05, 2013 at 08:17 AM
How wonderful to drive down Main Street and see the traditions of 2 major religions honored. We now have Christmas decorations and a tree and, for the first time ever, a Menorah. Wouldn't it be even more wonderful to celebrate the customs and traditions of all of our residents throughout the year. May each of you continue to enjoy the freedom to celebrate that which brings you peace and joy.

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