The law firm of Steve Shine and Tom Hardin, Chappell’s Coral Grill and Seafood Market, MAJIC 95.1, WAJI, and Lake City Bank welcomed the arrival of a thirty-five foot Norway Spruce to Broadway Plaza on Saturday, November 17. The group of local businesses have become partners in the tree presentation based on their commitment to Fort Wayne neighborhoods.
The spectacular illumination of 10,000 lights kicked off the holiday season in a display of sparkling holiday elegance.
Maxine and Wilbur Knipstein donated the tree in honor of the season and to the betterment of the seven neighborhoods that surround the Broadway corridor.
Maxine said, “It was just a sprig when our daughter Luann and son-in-law Dan Vachoon planted it about 20 years ago. It was one of a dozen sprigs that came from one of those arbor groups. The tree was getting too big for the location on our farm south of town. Wilbur called Steve Shine to see if he would like to use it at their location at 2810 Beaver Avenue.”
Wilbur Knipstein is a retired engineer from Harvester and Maxine works part time at Lutheran Hospital. They have four married daughters, Karen, Luann, Janell and Susan who have provided them with 13 grandchildren.
This year, in addition to the tree lighting, the Majic in the morning team began broadcasting at 5:00 pm. The festivities included a live reindeer, a train ride on the Polar Express, live holiday music provided by the Francie Zucco Trio, holiday food and beverage and, of course, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Shine said, “We also owe our deepest gratitude to those other businesses who have made this event possible, specifically; Harold McComb & Son Construction (Al McComb), Mudrack Tree Services (Dan Mudrack), Summit City Electric (Suzette Brown), Exquisite Designs (Ed Bowman), and Vision Scapes (Mark Nolot)”