Christmas Tree Lighting in Owls Head Park With the Guild for Exceptional Children

Guild for Exceptional Children members welcome Christmas with carols, handmade ornaments

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It might not look like a winter wonderland yet, but Owls Head Park sure got a lot more festive on Dec. 3!

The Owls Head Park Horticulture Group — a branch of the Shore Road Park Conservancy, which maintains community gardens in the green space — decked the evergreen in front of the field house with electric lights and handmade ornaments from the Guild for Exceptional Children.

“We try to make the park a nice place that people want to be a part of,” said the Horticulture Group’s area manager David Matthews, who oversaw the event with the organization’s president Javier Acevedo — and had a number of people volunteer to get involved the night of the lighting.

The evening featured a tent with hot chocolate, hot cider, and donated cookies and candy; a DJ spinning classic Christmas carols; and a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick — although five-year-old Olga Karanchenko wasn’t so sure he was the real deal. A quick tug of the beard set everything right, we’re told.

The best part of the night, according to Matthews, was the caroling by the Guild’s chorus.

“Their singing was really the icing on the cake,” said Matthews, who said the Guild members begged for the chance to perform after he approached them about making the decorations.

To volunteer with the Owls Head Horticulture Group, e-mail

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at Follow him on Twitter at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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