39th Annual Heart of Ellsworth Holiday Parade
Ellsworth – Heart of Ellsworth is pleased to announce The Ellsworth American and The First National Bank as supporting partners for the 39th Annual Heart of Ellsworth Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 7. The theme of this year’s parade, which starts at 10 a.m., is Silver Bells.
The Ellsworth American, one of downtown Ellsworth’s oldest businesses, has supported the holiday parade in past years. It also has held its Joy of Reading event immediately following the parade for the past 24 years. Kathy Cook, general manager of the newspaper, said, “Our Joy of Reading was established to promote literacy in children and to instill in them a love of reading. I can’t think of a more appropriate way to engage with our young readers than through the parade and book giveaway event.” Launched in 1995, Joy of Reading honors former American editor Hale Joy. Former American staffer Lisa Donovan donates hundreds of books to make the event possible.
Heart of Ellsworth’s executive director, Cara Romano shared the organization’s appreciation saying, “We are so pleased that The Ellsworth American and The First National Bank will be helping us to present this year’s parade. Both sponsorships will allow us to assess all the needs of the parade and build on its successes.” Romano also pointed out the City of Ellsworth appropriates some funding for the parade. Heart of Ellsworth, The Ellsworth American, and The First National Bank welcome other area businesses to help sponsor the event. For more information on becoming a 2019 parade sponsor, contact [email protected]
No reference to the parade would be complete without a warm thank you to the parade coordinator, Thelma Beal. “It is with Thelma’s longtime commitment to the holiday parade that Ellsworth can say we are now in our 39th year of this festive family event. She has almost single-handedly planned and coordinated the effort all these years,” says Phyllis Young, Heart of Ellsworth Board President.
All businesses and organizations planning to participate this year should contact Thelma at [email protected] or by calling 667-4664.