The City of Paducah 2013 Christmas Cards are available for purchase and while you are at City Hall picking up the cards, make sure to spend a moment admiring the student ornaments on the Christmas tree in the lobby on the 5th Street side of the building.
The Christmas cards are $7.00 for a package of ten. The cards can be purchased, while supplies last, at the Finance Department on the first floor of City Hall at 300 South 5th Street between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The price of the cards covers the printing charges. The City does not profit from the sale of the Christmas cards.
About a year ago, the Paducah Area Painters Alliance (PAPA) selected Christmas in the Park at Bob Noble Park as the theme and asked artists to submit their entries. Several works of art were submitted to be voted on by the Mayor and Commissioners. “Crunch Time”, an acrylic on canvas by Margie Cissell-Smith, was selected as this year’s choice. The acrylic shows Santa’s elves busy working to get Noble Park ready for the holidays. The inside of the card reads “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”. Cissell-Smith says, “The arts have always played an important role in my life. I am drawn to music, dance, and drama. I have been fortunate to visit many fine museums in fantastic countries and am further fortunate to belong to an organization of very fine, supportive painters.” This year PAPA celebrated 22 years as an active organization.
In September, Mayor Gayle Kaler asked students, kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Paducah, to hand-craft Christmas ornaments for a tree in City Hall. Mayor Kaler received 130 ornaments, and all of them are on the tree in the lobby of City Hall. They were judged with special consideration given to ornaments that used recycled or natural materials and featured Paducah’s history, landmarks, or name. The winners of the contest will be recognized at the December 10 City Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The winners are as follows:
Clark Elementary will receive an award for Most Christmas Spirit for submitting 94 ornaments for the contest. Morgan Elementary will receive an award for the Best Use of Materials. Morgan’s Art Club submitted 11 ornaments created from recycled Christmas cards.