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                                Top background, Rogers Wisniewski, Dean Cox and Bob O’Dell secure the Christmas Village sign.

Photo provided. Top background, Rogers Wisniewski, Dean Cox and Bob O’Dell secure the Christmas Village sign.

New Lions reviving Christmas Village

A new Lions Club is giving the community a special gift this Christmas season.

Whidbey Island Lions is bringing Christmas Village back to the Blue Fox Drive-In.

The village delighted children on North Whidbey for more than 20 years until it faded away for awhile. It was moved to different places and revived a number of times over the years, but the vintage event is back.

Members of the new Lions Club and the Sea Cadets spent Saturday setting up the miniature barns and decorations at the drive-in.

Carolyn O’Dell, president of the new club, said the organization’s members wanted to do something for the community, so they chose the village.

Like the Christmas Village of past years, there will be Santa Claus, a petting zoo, holiday craft vendors, children’s games and hot cocoa.

Opening day is Saturday, Dec. 8. It runs 3-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Then it will be open Friday through Sunday for the following two weekends.

O’Dell said the drive-in, Toppins, 4-H and others partnered to bring back the event. She said she hopes to make the event bigger and better each year.

“We’re taking baby steps,” she said. “We’re looking for different ways to help out in the community.”

Whidbey Island Lions is the third Lions club on North Whidbey. O’Dell said the founding members formed the club this summer because they wanted to do more community-oriented work and had a lot of new ideas.

The club members, for example, recently met with Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns in Beeksma Gateway Park to commemorate the club’s adoption of the park. The members will maintain the high-profile, pocket park at the corner of State Highway 20 and Beeskma Drive.

Members helped replace a roof at a storage shed for Help House. They are also delivering Meals on Wheels from the senior center.

“We’re hoping to fill the voids that aren’t being met,” she said.

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