Volunteers get Medina’s downtown park decorated for Christmas

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 21 November 2021 at 5:06 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf: At right, Sue DeHollander and Jaye Sullivan put up bows and garland around the Santa house in Rotary Park on Saturday.

MEDINA – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Medina.

On Saturday morning, the Decorate Medina Committee transformed Rotary Park into a Christmas wonderland, with holiday greetings, cutouts of a reindeer and sleigh, candy canes, garlands and lights.

The committee is headed by Jaye Sullivan and Jim Watson, assisted by a dozen or more volunteers.

The Decorate Medina Committee was founded more than 25 years ago by the late Rev. Burton Entrekin, and has continued and grown ever since.

Jim Watson, center, sets up a reindeer in Rotary Park with help from two volunteers from the Decorate Medina Committee.

Sullivan remembers back when Ernie Orgar, owner of Muchow’s Florist, and chiropractor John Gantner were involved in the project.

“It started with the Advent Wreath in State Street Park and grew from there,” Watson said.

Current members of the committee, in addition to Sullivan and Watson, are Jason Watts, Ben Lacy, Kevin and Sue DeHollander, Hunter DeHollander, Peter Kaiser, Matthew Kennedy, David Sevenski, Charles Smith, Eric Watson and Mary Woodruff. Helpers at Rotary Park were Amanda Woodruff and Brennan Woodruff.

Tricia Daluisio decorates the fence in front of the Santa house in Rotary Park.

The village of Medina will have the village decorated for Medina’s Christmas extravaganza on Saturday. The day features “Christmas in Medina,” with activities throughout the village, including a parade and arrival of Santa Claus mid day, followed by fireworks at 5:45, a tree lighting in Rotary Park and the spectacular Parade of Lights at 6 p.m.

The Decorate Medina Committee is always looking for donations to keep the decorations upgraded. Checks can be sent to Decorate Medina, P.O. Box 86, Medina, NY 14103.

The pathway to the Santa house is lined with candy canes, in preparation for Christmas in Medina and the Parade of Lights on Saturday.