Light the Night

December 3, 2013 

Nearly 800 people gathered in the Pines Village for the Bass Lake Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights last Saturday.

The parade, led by the Yosemite High School marching band, featured lighted floats, automobiles, and golf carts that circled the parking lot to the delight of children and adults alike.

The band played "Party Rock Anthem" and "What is Hip."

The Gregerson family and the Willow Cove Elves won trophies for Best Float and Most Creative Float.

Other favorites were the lighted patio boat sponsored by Bass Lake Water sports, the U.S. Forest Service Smokey Bear float, Bass Lake Realty featuring Mother Christmas surrounded by children, the Wilt family's ATV pulling a snow sleigh, the Bass Lake Lions Club float pulled by Jim Mulligin's 1948 International Farmall tractor, and Bass Lake RV Resort's "Country Christmas" float.

But the most favorite parade entry for the children was the Bass Lake Volunteer Fire Station's Engine No. 14. driven by Steve Arata, station captain, that delivered Santa to the Village. After the parade, Santa greeted a long line of families to hear Christmas wishes and pose for photos that will be emailed to families courtesy of the Bass Lake Events Center.

Members of the Yosemite High choir sang Christmas carols including "Jingle Bell Rock," "Let it Snow," "Frosty the Snow Man," and "Up on the House Top."

Hot dogs were provided by the Little Church in the Pines youth group; and the Bass Lake Lions Club and Yosemite High School Leos Club sold hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and cookies.

An estimated $1,000 worth of raffle prizes, including a boy's and girl's bicycle and many Mountain Area merchant gift certificates were presented prior to the parade.

The Pines Market collected canned goods during the week for Manna House and toys for Toys for Tots.

About $800 in proceeds from the parade entries and the raffle were donated to the YHS choir and band.

Tom Tuso, owner of Bass Lake Water Sports, served as master of ceremonies for the event.

"It was a great small town event that had big-time results, supporting the community and worthy causes such as Manna House and Toys for Tots," Tuso said.

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