Last night's fifth annual Cheer Up the Blues event was the best one ever! The seasonal event was begun five years ago, in recognition of the fact that stress and depression strike frequently during the holiday season. Each year, a variety of jolly Christmas activities are designed to both promote public awareness of mental illness and to provide a spirit of holiday fun.
This year we located most of the events in the market area, which has been transformed into a seasonal shopping paradise. Visitors purchased a large variety of wreaths, plants, wall hangings, and other seasonal decor. Hot cider and cookies made the shopping experience even more enjoyable.
Of course Santa was on hand for the evening, offering a seat to numerous children who stopped by for a private word. Adult visitors were more interested in the $100 gasoline raffle!
Inside the educational building, visitors mingled with staff and peer members as they sang many rounds of Christmas songs. Local musicians Blue Argo and Mary Ferrill provided accompaniment.
Local radio station WISK and DJ Thurston Clary were on hand to provide a live remote of the event. For both visitors and listeners, the evening certainly did cheer up the blues!