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December 2, 2010 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove hosts its annual community holiday bonfire on December 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Civic Center Park, corner of Olive and Church Streets. Rain or shine, this free family-orientated event features live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, free refreshments, game booths, crafts, face painting, and more.


In addition, the Lemon Grove Historical Society will hold its traditional open house at the Parsonage Museum, 3185 Olive, and the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, both in Civic Center Park, on Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.


The lavishly decorated, Tudor Revival Lee House, with its huge Christmas tree, glowing fireplaces and gift shop full of interesting items and books is a favorite with Lemon Grovians.


The 1897 Parsonage Museum, which features two floors of charming, informative exhibits related to Lemon Grove history, is also decorated for the holidays. The Historical Society will provide hot tea and cider, as well as free candy canes for children.


Outdoors in the park, the huge, annual bonfire, sponsored by the City of Lemon Grove, will light up the night sky. Revelers can enjoy carol-singing, live music, and free coffee, lemonade and cookies.


"It is billed as 'the biggest bonfire in East County,' but given that there is no other bonfire, it may well be the biggest in the county and/or Southern California," said Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society. "It is a characteristic of Lemon Grove to have big things. Big Lemon. Big mural. Big bonfire. Big old cultural center. Big heart. And, of course, best climate on Earth!"


All are welcome to this warm, festive tribute to 118-year-old Lemon Grove and its residents and friends.


For more information, contact 619-460-4353 or lghistorical@gmail.com.

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