Submitted by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce
VANDALIA—Vandalia’s Chamber of Commerce would like to start by saying thank you to everyone who helped make this holiday season so memorable. The Le Femme Arts club ladies did a beautiful job decorating windows on Main Street. Dr. Carter’s office windows have a beautifully decorated nativity scene and a tree with Harbison-Walker ornaments. The old State Farm building has Rudolph pulling a sleigh, Americana decorations, and a full tree of ornaments hand-painted by Van-Far Elementary art students. Several other business owners have spent many hours decorating their storefronts as well. To all of them, we at the Chamber say, thank you!
We would also like to thank the many residents who spent hours decorating their homes for all us to enjoy. Please take the time to drive or walk through our great community and appreciate the time people have taken to brighten our town.
This year, we decided to bring back the annual tree lighting ceremony to downtown. Without much time to plan, we picked a date, hauled in a couple of trees, hung lights, lit the fire pit, and had ourselves a small town tree lighting. We had Christmas music playing through a speaker, as some people sang along, while others danced to the music. The weather, just like the fire for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs, was perfect. People of all ages showed up to watch us flip the switch and turn on the Christmas tree lights.
The chamber was also pleased to be part of Christmas, from a Small Town Heart. It is for all school-age students and includes gifts the students pick out for their family, have it wrapped for free by some wonderful volunteers, and taken home at no cost to the student. This event has grown each year and is genuinely appreciated by all involved. The chamber also took pictures of the children with Santa and provided a photo to each student.
The chamber also celebrated our first chamber after Hours, last Thursday. We feel this one goes down in the history books as a much needed night out for our community businesses. Frankie Wallace provided the location; the chamber provided the decorations, and chamber members made tasty snacks for everyone to munch on while visiting with other business leaders in the area. We gave out door prizes and had a white elephant gift exchange that brought plenty of laughter and good cheer. If you were unable to attend, please know we will be doing this each quarter. We would love to see everyone who was there this time, and many more from our community, enjoy another evening of great conversation and laughter.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all from the Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce!