When those of us who either live in or are from Muscatine think about the holiday season, our minds may start flooding with memories of attending the annual Holiday Stroll and going for car rides on cool winter nights to catch glimpses of beautiful light displays.
Of the many areas of the city to see light displays, for nearly 50 years, Jerry Lange’s home on Mulberry Ave. was the highlight. Until five years ago, Lange’s home would host a large display of lights and decorations for neighbors and passersby to enjoy each holiday season.
When he moved outside city limits five years ago, Lange still managed to use some of the decorations at his new home, but he missed the opportunity to provide the community with his yearly display.
To still provide holiday cheer for the city, Lange decided to purchase and donate an 18′ Christmas tree to be put on display at the Muscatine riverfront across from Mississippi Mist. The tree is animated with synchronized LED lights that go along with music. The lights go though color sequences with various patterns.
He also donated two candle wreaths that will be placed near the tree. Last year, Lange very generously donated banners and lighted garland that were placed at the Sycamore and Chestnut intersections of 2nd St.
Lange said his gesture of donating decorations was done out of appreciation for the many volunteers and community members who helped with his annual display on Mulberry. He enjoyed putting up holiday decorations each year and wanted to keep up the tradition of sharing that joy with the Muscatine community.
“It’s a way of sharing with the community my enjoyment, and I hope that it will become their enjoyment as well,” Lange said.
With hopes that the tree will become a riverfront focal point this holiday season, Lange said he’d like to see the display at Riverside Park grow each year, much like has been done in Keokuk.
The entire Muscatine community is invited to attend the ceremony for the first lighting of the Muscatine Community Christmas Tree on the night of the Holiday Stroll, Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. The tree will be located on top of the pump house building across from Mississippi Mist in Riverside Park.
Thank you to those who are making the tree lighting possible: Muscatine Power & Water, Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry, City of Muscatine Public Works and Parks and Recreation Staff, and of course, Jerry Lange!
We hope you join us for this new addition to the evening of the Holiday Stroll!
The annual Holiday Stroll will take place from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.