Sertoma Club’s Christmas in the Park begins Friday

What has become one of the most anticipated events of the year is almost here. Christmas in the Park is set to light up Oak Park once more, beginning this Friday.

It has become tradition for the Minot Sertoma Club to fill Oak Park with Christmas-themed lights for the community to enjoy. The dazzling lights are set to go on this Friday night and every night thereafter through December.

Drive-through viewing is from 6 to 10 p.m. every evening at $5 per car. If you are new to the area, we’ll tell you that the displays and the setting are so delightful that people generally tour the park several times during the holiday season. It is a sight to behold.

Christmas in the Park helps Sertoma raise money that goes back to the community through a variety of charitable ways, including support for the Minot Family YMCA, Maysa Arena and Dream Catchers to name just a few.

Sertoma, which is short for “service to mankind,” also has a keen interest in helping people with speech and hearing disorders. The club, which now has about 80 members, has a 56-year-history of service in Minot.

Fifty-six years. Think of all the members the club would have had over that time span and how much good came out of the dedication of those men and women in the business world.

That is indeed something for all of us to be thankful for this week. Congratulations Sertoma members, and thanks for making Christmas ever so bright for so many of us.