Gilman Kicks Off Christmas Season

Travis Rogers, Jr.

Gilman Kicks Off Christmas Season

2 mins
December 14, 2021

It’s been said before and deserves to be said again. Gilman knows how to put on a celebration. On Saturday, December 11, Gilman opened the celebration of the Christmas season with their lights in the park festivity called Party in the Park. The fun started at 6 p.m. in Gilman Park and lasted until late.

Fred Romig and his band of volunteers kicked it up a notch or two this year with more lights than ever before. “We have almost doubled the number of lights in the park over last year,” said Fred. 

The Romig family has pulled much of the decorating duty along with a few others. “We would always like more volunteers,” Fred admitted. “But a lot of folks have really turned out to help.

Darrell Romig, Fred’s father and patriarch of the Romig family, reported almost four weeks of work toward getting the decorations put up. With Darrell in the park on Saturday night were his son, grandson, and great grandson, to join in the fun and to honor the passing of Barb, Darrell’s wife who passed away on December 4, 2020. To honor Barb, a heart outlined in red Christmas lights is set up by the Romigs.

Fred (left) and Darrell Romig in the glow of one of the bonfires at Gilman's Party in the Park. (Photo by Travis Rogers, Jr.)

Along with all the lights, three large bonfires were set up with timber provided by the Sromek family. Fred and volunteers from the Gilman Fire Department set the fire and kept the flames and kindling under control.

One of the three bonfires at Gilman's Party in the Park. (Photo by Travis Rogers, Jr.)

Santa was available in person to entertain kids and parents alike. Hayrides were also provided and Angel Brost of Gilman Corner Store provided the hot chocolate. The cookies and sweets were a big hit.

Gilman community singers gathered around the bonfires to sing the beloved holiday carols.

Temperatures dropped in the 20s with no snow falling but certainly covering the ground while the revelers were kept toasty by the hot chocolate, bonfires, and warm fellowship. The folks in Gilman welcome everyone to their festivities and no one leaves as a stranger.

The lights in Gilman Park are worth visiting throughout the holiday season.

A cutie and a miniature sleigh. (Photo by Travis Rogers, Jr.)

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Travis Rogers, Jr.

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