Recently, we shared with our readers the story of our new Christmas Tree Wonderland at Perry Wellness Center. It began with the delivery of over 200 hand-selected Douglas firs from Ohio. An existing structure on campus -- once a storage barn for Perry Brothers Oil Company – was converted by talented staff member Jeff Williams into a true wonderland, filled with the sites and scents of Christmas. It is the backdrop for the magnificent trees, along with fresh wreaths and other holiday greenery.
To introduce customers and PWC supporters to Christmas Tree Wonderland, a live remote was held last Saturday with Sumter Broadcasting’s WISK Radio and long-time announcer Thurston Clary. Thurston is no stranger to Perry Wellness Center, having done radio broadcasts on campus over the years. As he walked over the campus, the air seemed to crackle with the excitement of peers and staff alike. Santa Claus even made an appearance, much to the delight of visiting children (and adults!).
During the remote, PWC founder and CEO shared information on depression and loneliness during the holidays season. “This season of celebration can be a time of depression for some,” he noted. “We are keenly aware of the time of year.” To increase public awareness of the problem, the center is hosting its annual “Cheer Up the Blues” open house next week.
Stuart announced, “We invite citizens on Monday, December 18, from 5 – 7 p.m. to visit Rudy’s Happy Patch Market and our Christmas Tree Wonderland, and then enjoy hot cider and a bowl of vegetable soup as we celebrate our annual ‘Cheer Up the Blues’ event. We are trying to make Christmas fun for all.”
Cheer Up the Blues is a local tradition that Perry Wellness Center has hosted for almost two decades. We encourage readers to mark their calendars for an evening of Christmas shopping, carol singing, Santa, refreshments, and fellowship. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these photos from last weekend’s debut of Christmas Tree Wonderland at our live remote.