Last night the YWCA had the first annual Hanging of the Greens. The purpose of the event was to hang Christmas decorations. The event was a re-dedication to the community to revisit the traditions of the Y. The event was established sometime during the 96 years old Y’s existence. A former board member, Sarah Finley, recalls that the event took place in the 1980’s. She was there, last night, to represent the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc., Chester branch. In attendance were various members of the community including, Chester High School’s Key Club and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa’s Xinos who helped to hang decorations. Both organizations focus on service to the community.
Interim CEO of the YWCA, Twyla Simpkins addressed the community. A prayer of blessing was said, the community sung several traditional Christmas Carols, and shared memories of the Y. One member remembered her wedding reception being held at the Y in 1965. Another member recalled the Home Economics classes which offered sewing and cooking instructions. Food was served and a tour of the building was offered.
Today the Y is hosting a Family Festival Holiday Bazaar from 10 am-4 pm. There will be picture opportunities with Santa and Moon Bounce. The Y is bringing back the old holiday traditions.