Guest post by Lisa McCoy, co-chair, Lights of Love Committee
Hundreds of community members filled the Putnam County Courthouse on December 4 for the 28th Annual Lights of Love ceremony hosted by the Greencastle Civic League.
Students read their winning essays, which answered the question: "How can you make Greencastle a brighter place?" Essay winners included Selene Seaman, Sophia Riggle, Matylin Scott, Maddie Landry, Elle Patterson, Abby King, Ivy Wright, Trey Wood, Tristan Million, Stephen Dombrowski, Lilly Meyer, Hailey Wood and Elizabeth Johnson.
Musical performers included the DePauw University School of Music and Greencastle school choirs, who set the scene for the tree and luminary lightings.
During the event, the Civic League honored Joanne Haymaker and Gwen Morris for their contributions to the Greencastle community. And the Putnam County Senior Center was recognized with the Spirit of Christmas Award from the Greencastle Chamber of Commerce for their lovely holiday decorations.
New this year was a visit from Santa Claus himself, who lit the holiday light display with Maddie Landry. Luminaries purchased by community members and businesses represented loved ones, both living and passed.
If you'd like to check it out, the Greencastle Lights of Love plaque will be displayed in the public library. The tree from the ceremony will be added to the Lights of Love Tree Grove at Big Walnut Sports Park.