By Nancy Covert
Early on the Monday before Thanksgiving a towering Douglas fir (courtesy of JBLM) was delivered to Steilacoom and placed next to Town Hall It was scheduled to be trimmed with lights in time for the community’s traditional Tree Lighting, set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.
The Tree Lighting is the main event, complete with Santa and his Sleigh, that’s taken place in town since the 90s. If you’ve never seen the Town’s Sleigh, you’re in for a treat, since the sleigh also travels around the community (and also Fircrest) before Dec. 25.
Meanwhile, evergreen swags, trimmed with colorful bows, were hung on front doors of town businesses, compliments of Steilacoom’s Garden Club. Scouts from Troop 71 would soon begin operating their Tree Lot adjacent to Chambers Bay Realty.
At 9 a.m. on Dec. 7, Steilacoom High School’s annual Red Ribbon Bazaar gets underway, and, later that evening, the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association meets at the Oaktree Restaurant for its annual Holiday Dinner. (Reservations for Members only).
Then, there’s the newest holiday tradition from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15—the All-Comers Sing-a-long at Town Hall.
Right after the holidays there’s the Tree Recycling at the Public Works lot in January, and then the whole season of traditional events, from Spring Egg Hunt, Farmers Market/Concert Season, to Fourth of July, Salmon Bake and Apple Squeeze begins anew in Washington’s First Incorporated Community—where does Time go?