SUGAR GROVE – The Holiday in the Grove kickoff ceremony will have a live Christmas tree to hang lights on. A local business donated a new tree to replace last year's tree, which died because a sprinkler system did not quite reach it, an organizer said.
Marguerite Ledone, vice president of Holiday in the Grove, said Spring Bluff Nursery in Sugar Grove donated a new seedling that was picked up and planted by Sugar Grove Community House board members in a slightly different location near the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St.
Ledone said the tree is ready for Saturday's tree lighting ceremony at 9 a.m., which kicks off the Holiday in the Grove festivities.
Spring Bluff Nursery also donated the tree used last year in the inaugural event. Tim Norris, president of Spring Bluff Nursery, said he donated a Colorado blue spruce, which in Illinois can grow up to 40 feet tall.
Ledone said hot chocolate and snacks will be served, and kids can make crafts during the hourlong ceremony. There will be an opportunity to purchase Breakfast with Santa tickets, as well as pick up volunteer and sponsorship forms or make a donation toward the festival.
"If we can recruit 100 [volunteers] or more, we're doing good," Ledone said. "We get a lot of young volunteers, a lot of middle schoolers, high schoolers and moms with younger children. All ages can participate."
She noted that volunteers in fifth grade or younger should be accompanied by an adult.
Norris said donating a second tree for the ceremony was a win-win for everyone.
"It wasn't too tough for me to do it," he said.
The Holiday in the Grove event will be on Dec. 7. The day includes a visit from Santa, a cake walk, coffee with the mayor and many children's activities.