To the members of the Sons and Daughters of Hawley,
The Board of the Sons and Daughters of Hawley has decided, sadly, that the Illumination Party, originally scheduled for the afternoon of December 12th, should be canceled. In the Autumn, 2021 issue of The Edge of Hawley, the event is listed as one that we did not plan to cancel this year, but, because of a mishap at the printer’s, delivery of the issue has been delayed, thus providing the Board with an opportunity to reconsider its decision.
The decision to cancel is based in large part on the fact that the number of new cases of COVID in Franklin County is reportedly higher now than it has ever been, and there is the new threat of the Omicron variant, as well. In addition to the danger of contagion, it now appears that the lighting of the Meetinghouse chandelier globes, which is the central activity of the Illumination Party, would be impeded by the presence of painters’ scaffolding, since the painting of the ceiling is not expected to be completed by December 12th.
While we see this decision as necessary, we are hoping that next year will be very different, and we send our warmest wishes to you all for a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season.
Suzy Groden, Recording Secretary
Sons and Daughters of Hawley