Village says more volunteers needed for ‘A Very Plover Christmas’

By Brandi Makuski

The Village of Plover is ready for this year’s special Christmas plans—now, it just needs volunteers to round out those plans.

Village Board Trustees Steve Fritz (Ward 2) and Kendra Schiefelbein, who represents Ward 1, earlier this year took up the cause of spreading a little Christmas cheer in December. Those plans began in February and changed with the COVID pandemic, but are now comprised of “A Very Plover Christmas.”

The weeklong, drive-thru Christmas light display at Little Plover River Park, will be held Dec. 4-12 from 5-9 p.m. The 2020 theme is “Christmas Village.”

The only hitch: the village needs volunteers to put up light displays.

“We’ve had a lot of people say they’re interested but only two have signed up so far,” Schiefelbein said on Wednesday. “We really hope more people step up.”

Businesses, community groups, and nonprofit organizations are invited to purchase one of the 30 available sites to erect a light display. The cost is $25 for local businesses and $10 for nonprofits. The funds will be used to grow the event in the future, according to Schiefelbein.

The light displays will be unmanned, aside from a small group of volunteers who will monitor the site throughout the week.

The event is free and open to the public.

Applications are available by emailing Schiefelbein at [email protected]

“The pandemic is so depressing, and Christmas should be a happy time,” Fritz said. “We’re really hoping to get a lot of community support to make this a special event.”

A map of the sites. (Courtesy Village of Plover)