TERRE HAUTE —
For five miraculous years, Terre Haute’s Christmas festival on a Friday night in early December has grown and prospered.
“Miracle on 7th Street,” the brainchild of a small band of downtown merchants, has become one of the biggest and best community events of the year. It allows residents to harken back to days of old when downtown Terre Haute was a regional hub of retail commerce and a prime destination for everyone during the holiday season. And it gives those younger among us the chance to get a glimpse of what those times were really like.
Most importantly, it brings people back downtown to enjoy that special spirit of community that defines who we are and where we live.
Tonight’s fifth annual event begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. We hope people won’t be intimidated from attending by a little winter weather, or the threat of a little weather. Yes, be careful when you travel if there is still snow or ice on the ground, but don’t be scared away. Downtown will be even more colorful with a bit a seasonal precipitation added to the decor.
Not only has “Miracle on 7th Street” solidified itself as a fun event with a variety of ways for people to enjoy themselves, it has established itself as an event that serves the community as well. Several fundraising activities are part of the festival, and thousands of dollars will be raised to serve the needy among us.
We urge you to join the Miracle committee in its efforts. One way to do that is for each person attending to bring a canned good to help fill a truck. The food collected at downtown locations will be distributed to local food pantries.
Another way to join in is to visit the Indiana Theatre and donate a few bucks on behalf of your favorite gingerbread house. The decorated houses are quite impressive, and money collected will be doled out to holiday causes, including the Tribune-Star’s Basket Fund, which feeds needy families on Christmas Eve.
We applaud the festival organizers for planning what promises to be another outstanding event. We hope their efforts are rewarded with a huge crowd.
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