The holidays arrived in force in Prairie Village on Thursday with the 30th annual Mayor’s Holiday Tree lighting ceremony at Corinth Square.
As always, the event featured great entertainment by local youngsters, with performances this year from the Kansas City Christian high school choir…:
…and the little ladies of Dancerz Unlimited:
It was the first time since 1999 that Ron Shaffer, who is now on the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, didn’t serve as the event’s emcee. But Shaffer was on hand as part of a recognition of every living Prairie Village mayor. Shown below are (from right) Monroe “Roe” Taliaferro, Sue Weltner, Shaffer and former Prairie Village councilor Marilyn Uppmann. (Uppmann and Weltner were responsible for the formation of the Prairie Village Foundation, which the lighting event benefits):
Current Mayor Laura Wassmer had some special help lighting the tree this year from not only Santa, but also Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr:
It’s worth noting that Sluggerrr got an assist by swiping Fancy, the beloved pup of PV resident Michael Kaminski, who was ready to step in if the real Santa wasn’t able to fulfill his duties:
The dog was returned to Kaminski without harm.
With the switch flipped, the tree lit up in all its holiday glory:
Donations collected during the event will go to benefit the Mayor’s Tree Fund, which provides financial assistance for utility, minor home repairs and food for Prairie Village residents in need.