Greenbelt East Tree Lighting Ceremony
Greenbelt East’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony took place on Sunday, December 2 at Greenbriar Community Center. There were two singing groups, raffles, food and homemade hot chocolate.
Corzann Sailor, Greenbriar’s Assistant Community Manager, poses with Little Miss Greenbelt Ashley Wickline, Junior Miss Greenbelt Caroline Casey, and Miss Greenbelt Veronica Handunge.
There are plenty of cookies for party goers.
Four members of Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s all-female a cappella group The Pearls sing Christmas carols in the Greenbriar Community Center’s lobby.
The Greenbriar Community Center is decorated with several holiday trees.
Terry Benedik, a board member of the Greenbriar Community Association, and 2012 Miss Greenbelt pageant winners lead everybody outside for the tree lighting.
The Greenbelt East holiday tree is lit.
Greenbelt East’s Christmas tree
After the tree lighting, guests return to the Community Center’s Terrace Room for more food and music.
The Knightsbridge Singers perform more Christmas carols from the balcony. The group is affiliated with Charm City Church in Baltimore and the leader, Robin Hodson (keyboard), tells me that he came from Knightsbridge neighborhood of London near Harrods department store.
This tree lighting event is organized by Greenbelt East Advisory Coalition (GEAC), an umbrella organization for homeowner associations in Greenbelt East. Here on the left Charlene MacAdams is the treasurer of GEAC and Terry Benedik, its vice president. They are serving homemade hot chocolate with cool whip.
Terry Benedik gives Junior Miss Greenbelt Caroline Casey cool whip for her hot chocolate.
Little Miss Greenbelt Ashley Wickline
Mayor Davis gets her hot cocoa.
Mayor Davis welcomes everybody to the party and wishes them happy holidays.
Councilmember Ed Putens
Member of The Pearls are from left Kristen Lair, Amanda Hastings, Teresa Johnson, and Tobi Aderotoye.
Little Miss Greenbelt draws a raffle ticket.
The winner is…
The winner takes home a poinsettia.
Charlene MacAdams looks in the kitchen for the hot chocolate recipe.
The recipe is from long-term Greenbriar resident Dorothy Pyle who passed away recently. “Dorothy was Greenbriar’s GEAC (Greenbelt East Advisory Coalition) representative for many years and during that time she helped host the Greenbelt East Christmas Tree lighting at Greenbriar. An important part of hosting this festive event is the refreshments and Dorothy’s hot cocoa was always the greatest. It was made from scratch and while it was tasty by itself, she always had cinnamon, nutmeg, mini-marshmallows and whipped cream toppings.”
Greenbelt East’s Christmas tree is in front of the Greenbriar Community Center and can be seen by drivers passing by on Greenbelt Road.