Originally Published: December 31, 2007 8:32 p.m.
A recent letter complained about the courthouse Christmas decorations. "Too many white lights," I recall it saying. Well, I recently strolled around the plaza, and wondered whether that letter writer had seen the same scene I saw. This past year's decorations were spectacular, and not as overcrowded and gaudy as previous years.
Yes, only white lights decorated the trees on the periphery of the courthouse; they were tasteful and creative, giving more prominence to the colorful candles and Christmas trees that adorned the sides of the courthouse, together with the amber lighting crowning the top of the building.
The gazebo was sheer magic and the Christmas tree occupying the fountain area was pure delight. Our state's cedar tree, with its multicolor miniature Christmas tree lights flickering on and off as if dancing to the rhythm of the music coming from speakers in the tree, would capture anyone's imagination.
And what genius to have the ice-skating rink, a first for the courthouse plaza! To see the young and old, individuals and couples, groups of teenage girls locked arm in arm, a father capturing on video his 5-year-old son heroically managing to stay on his feet, as they all joyfully skated from one end of the arena to the other, also captured the true meaning of "Everybody's Hometown."
Prescott, you outdid yourself this year. Congratulations to all those involved!
George M. Karsa