The chamber of commerce readies for holidays in Holbrook

By Linda Kor

The Holbrook Chamber of Commerce met on Nov. 8, with board member Yvonne Larson reporting that events are coming together for the upcoming Festival of Trees. The event will not only include a multitude of trees decorated for the holidays but also entertainment, a visit from Santa Clause, hot chocolate and cookies.

The hours for the festival will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 1, and 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, with Santa visiting from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Catholic Family Life Center, located at 202 E. Arizona Street.

The chamber is asking those residents and business owners who will be taking part in another event, Light Up Holbrook, to sign up prior to the Festival of Trees so that the chamber can create a list of houses and businesses participating so that people in the community attending the event can pick up the list at the festival to locate the decorated buildings. Those wanting to sign up can do so at the chamber office located at the historic courthouse.

The chamber is also planning to host the Twelve Days of Christmas, where businesses provide a special event or discount on merchandise or services during that timeframe. Larson said that she is hoping to be able to provide advertising for that event in the city water bill and would be talking with city administrators to see if that would be something within their budget.

In other matters, China Cassidy, product manager for Swell Farmacy, addressed the chamber regarding her company and their desire to be active in the community by supporting and sponsoring events. “Our company has the means and the ability to contribute a lot to what your goals are,” said Cassidy.

She explained that Swell Farmacy employs 48 people in the Holbrook grow facility and that a majority of those employees are eager to volunteer their time and energy towards events.

The first project that employees at Swell Farmacy will be to decorate the exterior of historic courthouse for the holidays on Nov. 27 with the lights to be provided by the chamber.

Board member Colleen Marsh will be updating the calendar on the chamber website and said she would like to do even more on their Facebook page. “I would like all board members and even some chamber members to have access to posting on the site. I’ll be administrating but not the only person posting,” stated Marsh. She added that “going live” at each of the events or where the chamber has either hosted or participated in has really made a difference in getting more people to attend