A New Tradition

MARTINS FERRY is putting on the ritz this holiday season.

The Purple City has a gala two-day festival in the works to usher in the holiday season. The inaugural Christmas in the Park, which will be held on Nov. 29-30, will feature many exciting and festive features, including a synthetic ice skating rink.

Veteran Martins Ferry Police Sgt. Beth Scales is spearheading the new endeavor. Her passionate campaign has yielded a positive response.

And why not? It is an event the entire community can embrace as it will be a family-oriented festive festival.

The portable ice rink is the icing on the cake for Scales’ efforts. She is also in the process of getting a kid-sized horse and carriage ride.

Christmas in the Park will lack for nothing.

Pictures with Santa, a tree decorating contest, food and craft vendors and entertainment galore are on tap. Helping to kick off the winter extravaganza will be the city’s annual Christmas parade on Black Friday evening, preceded by lighting of the park.

“It is going to be a really big to do, and there are going to be a lot of things for people to do,” said Scales.

We agree.

It is a celebration with an old-fashioned feel to it, which the Ohio Valley could use more of in these challenging times.

We commend Sgt. Scales for her spirited effort in creating something new and fresh and something a family can enjoy together. Christmas in the Park is an idea other communities should consider.