Memorialize a loved one with a gift to the Brecksville Honor Tree: Talk of the Towns

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – It’s the season of giving when many people start thinking about giving gifts to charitable organizations. One worthy charity is the Brecksville Honor Tree.

The Brecksville Honor Tree is a beautiful metal sculpture that graces the north wall of the Gathering Room at Brecksville’s Human Services Center. Its leaves are engraved with the names of Brecksville citizens, past and present, who have contributed to Brecksville’s more than 200-year reputation as a wonderful town to call home.

You can memorialize a distinguished individual or family, past or present, by purchasing one or more engraved leaves. Or perhaps your organization would consider recognizing a past or present member who has contributed to Brecksville.

The cost is $250 per leaf and proceeds are directed to The Brecksville Honor Tree Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The funds are used to help residents, typically seniors, who have fallen on difficult times and need a significant helping hand.

For more information contact Steve Paciorek, Human Services Center’s Director, at 440-526-2499.

Holiday kickoff: The virus refuses to go away but Brecksville will be celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season in a different style on Sun., Nov. 29 at 6 pm. Unfortunately, there will be no annual parade but the holiday lights will brighten the night and there will be a firework display set to music combining the Home Days fireworks and the Christmas fireworks.

It will be a thrilling non-stop display. We all need a spirit lifter right now and this night will be sure to do just that. Watch the fireworks from the comfort of your car anywhere in town where you have watched the Home Days fireworks. The best views will be from the Municipal parking lot, the Community Center and Library parking lots, the Brecksville Town Center shopping mall or anywhere from St. Basil Church to Sleepy Hollow.

And you’ll be able to hear the music that always accompanies Brecksville’s fireworks on a special FM frequency which will be announced soon. Go to brecksville.oh.us for updates.

Christmas play: The annual Brecksville Children’s Christmas play Is the City’sgift to residents. Family ties grow closer during the holidays and what better way to get close to your little ones than by experiencing the annual Children’s Christmas Play on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Old Town Hall. This year’s play is an encore performance of the 2018 Christmas Play titled, “The Christmas Show That Almost Wasn’t.”

But again, because of COVID, this year’s play is a video since it would be difficult to distance the actors and Santa from each other. And to promote distancing in the audience, only 40 people will be permitted per performance. As a result, reservations are required, so make sure to call soon because each performance will be on a first- come, first-served basis. You can make your reservation by calling the Brecksville Community Center at 440-546-2300.

This time-honored tradition has been offered continuously for almost 50 years

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