By Dixie Terry
The open house at the new location of the Goreville Village Hall brought out a large and enthusiastic crowd on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The former Goreville State Bank, which was later the Planter’s Bank and then Regions Bank, was acquired by the village a few months ago.
Village employees had created a Christmas wonderland with decorated Christmas trees, hanging colored balls from the skylights, and even a Christmas tree quilt was displayed, which had been created by staff member, Aggie Paul and her late mother, Mrs. Underwood.
Each office space boasted its own Christmas tree, including Chief of Police Eddie Holland. His wife, Tammy, had decorated a tree adorned with yellow police tape, handcuffs, and a topper of a police cap.
Many locals had turned out for a feast of finger foods and homemade desserts, which quickly disappeared.
Santa and Mrs. Claus spent their hours, not only being photographed with a bevy of youngsters, but also visiting with them and hearing what they wanted on Christmas morning.
Stopping in to visit with constituents and enjoy the holiday celebration was State Senator Dale Fowler.
The event also incuded a crafts fair throughout the spacious building, with local artisans showing and selling their one-of-a-kind creations to eager shoppers.
The open house just may become an annual event.