2017 COURTHOUSE HOLIDAY LIGHTING CAMPAIGN UPDATE 

For details contact – Spencer Barker 740-877-1770, e-mail sbarker@shaicommercial.com or Tim Bubb 740-323-3951 (home) or 740-334-2012 (Cell) e-mail timbubb@roadrunner.com  

    The 69th annual Courthouse Holiday Lighting Campaign has reached 92-percent of its goal as of Sunday, October 15th (2017).  To date the community based Lighting Committee reports deposits of $18,400.  The goal is $20,000.    

       The annual holiday lighting of the Courthouse is the official start of the Christmas season in Licking County. This year’s 69th consecutive lighting continues a tradition that began in 1949. The Committee is asking previous givers and anyone in the community to consider supporting this special project!

       Sponsored by the Licking County Courthouse Lighting Committee this annual campaign raises monies for the installation, wiring and decorating of the Courthouse and the surrounding Courthouse Park.  In addition, this year the Committee is continuing their efforts in the expensive conversion of the decorations and stringers from incandescent lights to more energy efficient and longer lasting LED lights. The community contributions will pay for the replacement of worn equipment, and the removal of the decorations in January. As in past years, the Lighting Committee will organize the traditional arrival of Santa and a musical program for the evening of Friday, November 24th at the Courthouse Square in Downtown Newark.

        The Community Lighting Fundraising Campaign will run through Friday, November 3rd.  At the conclusion of the fund raising effort members of the Lighting Committee will determine to what extent the Courthouse and grounds will be decorated for this year’s celebration.  Additional information on the project is available at the website …  www.courthouselighting.com

        Letters are being mailed asking area businesses, individuals and previous contributors for financial support for this important local tradition. Contributions are tax-deductible and may be sent to:  

Licking County Courthouse Lighting Committee 
Post Office Box 292 
Newark, Ohio 43058-0292

“Lite the Nite Car Show” Returns to Downtown Newark on September 10, 2016

News Release for Immediate Use August 21, 2016

* Editors – for specific event information contact event organizer Jim Matheny at 740-522-6635 or e-mail him Matheny1529@roadrunner.com)

“Lite the Nite Car Show” Returns to Downtown Newark on September 10, 2016

“ Lite The Nite” - Voted the #1 Downtown Car Show for the past 15 years by Cruisin’ Times Magazine - Ohio's premier car show returns to Newark’s downtown Square on Saturday, September 10th. 

This is the 31st annual “Lite the Nite Car Show”. Organizers say the downtown sewer construction project will have a limited impact on the event as most of the Square and side streets will be available for the car show.

Show Chairman Jim Matheny, of the Newark Rodders Car Club, says some 600 vehicles including antiques, vintage, street rods, classics, motorcycles, and specialty cars, are expected on Newark's Courthouse Square and immediate side streets on September 10th. 

This year the car show will be farther out on East Main Street. All cars should enter at East Main Street at First Street, as the West Main Street entrance is closed due to construction. Signs will be posted. Registration is from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm on that Saturday at a new location – on the sidewalk in front of the County Administration Building (next to Wendy’s). The registration fee remains $10.00 per entry. 

Awards and trophies will be presented between 6:30pm and 7:00pm on the Southeast side of the Licking County Courthouse. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day!

“Lite the Nite” Tee-shirts will be offered for sale. These are collectable items and a commemoration of the 31st annual show. MALCO of Ohio auto products is major sponsor of this 2016 event. And a special thanks to RCD sales for the trailer donation for use as show headquarters.

Monies raised by the Lite the Nite Car Show support the annual downtown Christmas Lighting Program for the Friday night after Thanksgiving, and the campaign for new permanent LED lighting on the Courthouse Tower. The colorful Courthouse holiday lighting will return next year after building restoration and maintaining a holiday tradition dating back to 1949. The Courthouse Park this year will be colorful with a full compliment of lighted lawn decorations.
This 2016 “Lite the Nite Car Show” is again being organized by Jim Matheny, and staffed by the dedicated members of the Newark Rodders Car Club. A unique feature of “Lite the Lite" are the 4-foot and 6-foot trophies awarded to the most popular vehicles on display. Sponsors of the trophies will assist with judging and selecting the winners. 

This 31st annual “Lite the Nite Car Show” will feature a number of fund raising events during the day. The annual 50-50 drawing is the largest such event in Ohio, last year totaling over $2,500. Jim Matheny says, “The downtown construction is not going to deter the community from having a great event. Bring your families and help support this car show.”

A number of vendors and crafts will be displays on the Courthouse lawn, plus the supporting businesses located around the square. The 2016 “Lite the Nite Car Show” will feature a wide range of oldies music provided by the Newark Rodders. 

Show Chairman Jim Matheny says, “Downtown Newark is beautiful and changing into an awesome showplace and everyone is invited to come down and help us celebrate our ‘31st Anniversary’ of Lite The Nite This car show is a great family tradition that is enjoyed by all. He says the organizers appreciate all the vendors, sponsors and participants who support this project.” And he adds, “Special thanks to the Licking County Commissioners and the City of Newark for supporting this great event.” 

Tim Bubb , President of the Courthouse Christmas Lighting Committee says, "The “Lite the Nite Car Show greatly benefits the Downtown Newark Christmas project and is one of the best-attended all-day events in downtown Newark. It is also the annual gathering spot for several hundred classic car enthusiasts and the thousands who appreciate these unique vehicles”. Bubb adds, “the Courthouse Lighting Committee appreciates the dedicated efforts of Jim Matheny, the Newark Rodders Car Club, and the commitment of the participants and sponsors who come together to make this annual event a success.”

67th Annual Licking County Courthouse Christmas Lighting Planned For November 27th

11/16/15 – News Release– For Immediate Use


    67th Annual Licking County Courthouse Christmas Lighting Planned For November 27th
     Our community has again fully supported the campaign to light and decorate the Courthouse for Christmastime.  The historic1876 Licking County Courthouse will be lighted and grounds will be fully decorated for the 2015 Christmas Season. 
   The community is invited to attend the Lighting Ceremony and the official start of the Holiday Season Friday evening, November 27th.  This traditional ‘night after Thanksgiving’ program will feature the annual holiday music program and sing-a-long, the excitement of Santa’s arrival, and the lighting of the local landmark.  A large crowd is always expected, so come downtown early and get a parking spot.  The County Parking Garage provides free parking on South Second Street, and the Square in downtown will be fully open to traffic!
        Festivities begin at 6:00pm on that Friday night.  The program will begin with longtime master of ceremonies Dave Lehman. A number of holiday favorites will be performed by singers Belinda Paisley, Shawna Corder, and Hugh Price.  Featured, for the 10th consecutive year, will be the Blessed Sacrament Combined Chorus under the direction of Christina Pultz Miller.  Also, performing on stage will be “The Heisey Brass”, a local quintet directed by Doug Moran and playing a variety of Christmas songs.  

    During the program the Courthouse Lighting Committee will salute the Newark Rodders Car Club for organizing the ‘2015 Lite the Nite Car Show’ in September and supporting Courthouse Lighting with a donation.  All of the lights this year will be the brighter and more colorful LED’s, saving energy and making for a great show in downtown Newark.
    The Newark Fire Department will assist with the arrival of Santa in downtown, which is anticipated just after 7:00pm. The ‘Jolly Old Elf’ will extend his best wishes to the community and with the help of the children will magically ‘light’ the colorful Courthouse decorations to officially begin the Christmas season in Licking County 
     The Elves in Action will be downtown on the Square that evening to kick-off their annual holiday food drive. Volunteers will be located on the east side of the Square each evening until Christmas.  All food collected will be donated to and distributed by the Licking County Food Pantry Network.
      Also, on display that evening will be the local Salvation Army’s ’Worlds Largest Red Kettle’. This trailer mounted, eight foot high Red ‘Collection’ Kettle, is used to promote the annual ‘Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign’ throughout the community in December.
      The Vineyard Church of Licking County will be at the Gazebo serving free hot chocolate and popcorn.  The church will also provide the very popular ‘live nativity’ that Friday evening on the south side of the Square near the colorful fountain.

     Following the ‘Lighting Ceremony’ Santa and his elves will be in the lobby of True Core Credit Union, on the northeast corner of the Square, for those who would like their children to meet Saint Nick.

2015 COURTHOUSE HOLIDAY LIGHTING CAMPAIGN UPDATE

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE USE

For details contact – Spencer Barker 740-877-1770 (cell) or 740-321-1219 (home) e-mail sabarker@mac.com or Tim Bubb 740-323-3951 (home) or 740-334-2012 (Cell) e-mail timbubb@roadrunner.com

    The 67th annual Courthouse Holiday Lighting Campaign has reached 92-percent of its goal as of Sunday, October 18th (2015).  To date the community based Lighting Committee reports deposits of $18,700.  The goal is $20,200.

    The annual holiday lighting of the Courthouse is the official start of the Christmas season in Licking County. This year’s 67th consecutive lighting continues a tradition that began in 1949. The Committee is asking previous givers and anyone in the community to consider supporting this special project! 

    Sponsored by the Licking County Courthouse Lighting Committee this annual campaign raises monies for the installation, wiring and decorating of the Courthouse, Gazebo and the surrounding Courthouse Park.  In addition, this year the Committee is continuing their efforts in the expensive conversion of the decorations and stringers from incandescent lights to more energy efficient and longer lasting LED lights. The community contributions will pay for the LED upgrading of the bulbs, replacement of worn equipment, and the removal of the decorations in January. As in past years, the Lighting Committee will organize the traditional arrival of Santa and a musical program for the evening of Friday, November 27th at the Courthouse Square in Downtown Newark.

     The Community Lighting Fundraising Campaign will run through Friday, October 23rd.  At the conclusion of the fund raising effort members of the Lighting Committee will determine to what extent the Courthouse and grounds will be decorated for this year’s celebration.  Additional information on the project is available at the website …  www.courthouselighting.com

        Letters are being mailed asking area businesses, individuals and previous contributors for financial support for this important local tradition. Contributions are tax-deductible and may be sent to:  

Licking County Courthouse Lighting Committee 
Post Office Box 292 
Newark, Ohio 43058-0292

Photography By: Nathan Arnold, Juliet Connolly, and John Rossignol