Families welcome Santa to Spring Valley

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Christian and Ella Conn were thrilled to visit Santa, who bears a striking resemblance to Stan Trice. At right is Cambridge Christmas Tree Committee member Amy Craig. The four, and many others, were at the annual tree-lighting ceremony in Spring Valley on Saturday evening.

CAMBRIDGE — Families with small children turned out in the crisp fall weather on Saturday to attend the 7th Annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting in Spring Valley. Along with the sparkling tree and other decorations, the main attraction was Santa Claus, who arrived on a Rescue Fire Company ladder truck to the delight of all.

With the theme, “A Cambridge Christmas in the Heart of the Chesapeake,” the event also featured carol singing led by Alex Wallace-Elliott and refreshments from the Hyatt Resort, served by members of the Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Interact Club, sponsored by the Cambridge Rotary Club.

“We pause to celebrate this holiday season with family, friends, and community,” a statement from the Cambridge Christmas Tree Committee said. “We mark this time of joy and love by lighting the Christmas Tree and remembering what it represents…peace on Earth and goodwill toward men.”

The committee’s members are Billie Sue Norton, Amy Craig, Dave Cannon, Gage Thomas, Paul Hurley, Bill Craig, Patti Tieder, J.B. Tieder, Scott Daniels and Linda Henry. The volunteer group chose and installed the tree and its lights, also paying themselves for much of the cost.

Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley welcomed the crowd to Spring Valley with warm wishes, saying, “God loves you and so do I.”

“I bring you greetings from the County Council,” said Member Ricky Travers (District 3), who attended the event with Council Member Lenny Pfeffer (District 4). Mr. Travers asked the audience to remember the meaning of the season, saying, “Reach out to those in need…Help them to have a blessed holiday.”

The event was made possible by supporters: Dorchester County Council, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina, Custom Welding & Fabrication, Steve and Bobbie Rideout, Dorchester Garden Club, Amy and Bill Craig, Billie and John Norton, Tieder Electric and an anonymous donor. Special thanks went out to Rescue Fire Company, the Dorchester Banner, Cambridge Police Department, Sylvester Wright, C-SD Interact Club with Ashley Robinson and Phil Reed, Kay and Stan Trice, Joel Bunde, Simmons Center Market and David Adams.

Emcee of the event was Bruce McWilliams, who is also co-chair of the Cambridge-Dorchester Christmas Parade, set for Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.

“Have a memorable holiday!” the committee’s message said.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.