Gold City branches out for winter celebration
IT WILL be a sight to behold tomorrow evening when 45 meticulously decorated trees down Mary St are revealed.
The decorated trees are the jewel in the crown of Tony Goodman's Winter Trees on Mary event - uniting the community in a fun celebration of the heart of Gympie's CBD and the frosty chills of winter.
After months of planning, Mary St visitors will marvel at how various community groups and businesses have adorned their trees.
Consultation with Gympie Regional Council has provided a list of guidelines, ensuring participants' safety and the welfare of trees.
But the restrictions have not stifled creativity.
Groups have been meeting for weeks leading up to tomorrow evening to swap ideas in a bid to bag unofficial bagging rights for best-decorated tree.
The Widgee Craft Group has been one such group focusing on the drawing board these past few weeks, sorting through many ideas before settling on a final concept that will be unveiled tomorrow.
Mr Goodman said the event sought to put the heart back into Mary St and lift spirits in the face of difficult economic conditions.
The Gympie Times has also thrown its support behind the community event with staff eagerly embracing the challenge.
Tomorrow's event down Mary St will be under way from 5pm until 9pm.
Mary St businesses will open with extended hours, Gympie Theatre will entertain and a Beanie and Mitten Parade is also planned.
Buskers, horse and cart rides and a new wine and tapas bar, Dish, are also major drawcards throughout the evening.