Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 7 : Winter 2011 - Page 71

Greater Limestone Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  ~ Norman Vincent Peale And that’s exactly what happened in Limestone over Thanksgiving weekend. In more ways than one, Limestone was beautiful. The few inches of snow received earlier in the week simply helped set the scene for the weekend full of Holiday Festivities that were planned and coordinated by the Limestone Recreation Department Director, Amanda Brooker. The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Light Parade were held Saturday evening, which has become a tradition in Limestone over the past few years – providing families and friends a perfect opportunity to join together and kick off the holiday season in good style! The events gave everyone a chance to reflect on the spirit of the season … of being thankful, of giving, and of being merry!  The Town Christmas Tree is in a new spot this year and can’t be missed as you turn onto Access Highway (Foster Ave.) from Main Street – or head north or south on Main Street. Community members joined the Girl Scout Troop by singing carols around the Town Christmas Tree before it was officially lit up for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season. And even the Grinch would appreciate this 20 foot tall, multi-colored glistening tree! …. Special thanks to Steve Brooker, Randy Brooker, and the Limestone Highway Department (Mike Cote & crew) for their gracious donations of resources, property, manpower & time! The theme for this year’s Annual Holiday Light Parade was “Sounds of the Season”, with entries choosing their favorite holiday song and decorating their float accordingly. This year’s Annual Holiday Light Parade consisted of roughly 20 entries – all of which were wonderfully alight with sounds of the season flowing from them, for young and old to marvel at! And you didn’t want to miss the parade’s finale … the arrival of Mr. & Mrs. Claus to the streets of Limestone!! Truly a very festive parade to be a part of and watch! Best Parade Theme - Edgecomb Farms, with candy canes lining the full length of the tractor-trailer bed … and their choice of sounds of the season was “Candy Cane Lane”. Best Lights - Limestone Fire Department, with lights all the way up the water chute! Most Musical – AL-BEAR’S Place, with their own special unique version of “12 Days of Christmas” being played from their float adorned with pizza boxes in red bows! Most Creative – Gary O’Neal & family, with Santa Claus sitting high on his red-light sleigh loaded with presents and the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” ringing through the evening air. Best Business – Mike’s Family Market, with Santa pushing his very own grocery cart piled high with groceries and gifts. We hope you were able to attend this year’s Annual Holiday Festivities in Limestone – and wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season! Happy Holidays! Submitted by Grace O’Neal, on behalf of the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce Background © 2011 Gene Cyr, Washburn, northernmainepictures.com WINTER 2011 Our Communities 69