BY SHERI TRUSTY
This holiday season downtown Port Clinton is celebrating in the shadow of the city’s largest ever Christmas tree. The approximately 50-foot tree was serenaded by carolers prior to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 19. A large crowd stood in bitterly cold winds to watch the tree light up for the first time.
Port Clinton Mayor Mike Snider kicked off the lighting ceremony by welcoming the crowd and introducing Leo and Bailey Samaritoni, who donated the tree that stood in their Harrison St. front yard in Port Clinton until Nov. 14, when Gill Construction felled the tree.
The large tree was then transported to downtown Port Clinton through the collaborative efforts of Gill Construction, Port Clinton Fire & Rescue, Port Clinton Police Department and the City of Port Clinton.
Cheers and clapping filled downtown as the tree was lit. Main Street Port Clinton invites the public to return on Saturday, Dec. 3 for its Community Christmas.
More than 20 businesses will offer family-friendly activities, and adults can enjoy the city’s 7th annual Chili Tasting Competition. Santa will make an appearance at the Island House Hotel, and the 7th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will be held.