A final winter event, that included a public tree lighting, has been canceled in the City of Solon.

The tree lighting event, which would include comments from Mayor Edward H. Kraus and some entertainment, had been slated for next Wednesday (Nov. 25) but has been canceled in light of rising cases of COVID-19 throughout Solon and surrounding communities.

Tracy Sullivan, director of Community and Cultural Enrichment, made the announcement last week.

The event would also have included a winter market, with a variety of artisans showcasing holiday items. It was to take place in the Solon Historical Society parking lot. A similar event which was planned to be held indoors at the Solon Community Center had been canceled in light of the pandemic.

“We really wanted to give Solon one last celebration,” Mrs. Sullivan said, “but it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

The tree in front of City Hall will still be illuminated, she added.

This cancellation follows a year of other events shelved, including the annual July 4 fireworks display, Home Days and various events highlighting the city’s bicentennial.

Mayor Edward H. Kraus said during last week’s budget hearings that, depending on the state of the virus and possible vaccine, he may consider holding Home Days next summer, as well as some belated events marking this year’s bicentennial.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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