Hellertown Mayor David Heintzelman Monday issued a challenge of sorts to both himself and others involved in organizing the borough’s annual Light Up Night event, which kickstarts the holiday season in Saucon Valley and this year was attended by several thousand people.
Referring an appearance by Einstein the “snow camel” that generated a lot of buzz and contributed to this year’s record-breaking attendance, Heintzelman revealed at a borough council meeting that “next year we have something in the works that is even going to top the camel.”
Held for the first time in Dimmick Park, the Light Up Night event on Nov. 23 was organized by the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce, and also featured tractor rides, live performances on the bandshell stage, beer and wine vendors, and of course Santa’s arrival on a Dewey fire engine.
Heintzelman noted that there was to have been more food available at the event, but that two food trucks backed out of participating it at the last minute, due to the cold weather.
He also thanked Christmas tree donor Helen Campanella for donating the borough’s official tree and commented on the beauty of the red and green uplighting that was used to illuminate tree trunks throughout the park.
That lighting and many other things at the event were made possible thanks to financial support from local business donors.
“It was a tremendous night,” Heintzelman said. “It showed exactly what Hellertown is about, which is community.”
In other business at the meeting, borough manager Cathy Hartranft noted that the Saucon Valley Compost Center on Springtown Hill Road is now closed for the season.
The compost center will remain closed until the spring, except for three Saturdays in January when it will reopen for Christmas tree disposal.
The first date it will be open is Jan. 5, Hartranft said.