Hanover is gearing up for its first Hanover Tinsel Twinkle Trail with preparations now underway in decorating the Community Building and Hanover Community Park.

At Tuesday’s Hanover Park Board meeting, Hanover Parks Director Scott Davidson updated about the events along with town council member Debbie Kroger, coordinator of many of the activities, and Tami Hagemier, who through Lanthier Winery is providing decorations.

“There’s lots done and there’s lots more to do,” said Davidson on preparation to turn on the lights for the Hanover Tinsel Twinkle Trail the day after Thanksgiving.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, there will be a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both the Community Building and the Southwestern Elementary School cafeteria, which is being called the Mistletoe Market.

On Friday, Dec. 17-18, from 6-8 p.m., there will be the Holly Jolly Santa Celebration. “We invite everybody from Jefferson County and the region to make Hanover part of their holiday Christmas experience this year,” said Davidson, who noted there will be a live nativity scene, carolers and costume characters. “It’s going to be a great family atmosphere out here at the park.”

One of the activities that weekend is the Sugar Plum Bake-Off, which is being coordinated by Meg Bramer. Bakers are invited to compete for a first prize of $250, second prize of $150 and third prize of $100 in categorie including holiday candy, cookie and decorated cookie. Winners will be announced at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17.

Bake-off entries should be submitted to the Bake-Off committee at the Hanover Community Building on Thursday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Judging will begin Friday, Dec. 17, and continue until all entries have been judged.

There will be a silent auction of the winning treats and a bake sale featuring treats by competing bakers to benefit the Hanover Senior Citizens and the Tinsel Twinkle Trail. Treats will be $3 per half dozen and $5 per dozen. Persons with questions should email Davidson at sdavidson@townofhanover.net or call 812-806-1042. Entry forms are available at the Hanover Town Hall or by visiting the county website at www.jeffersoncounty.gov.

There are also plans for a Bicycle Blessings giveaway for needy children. “We are hoping to come up with at least 100 bikes,” said Kroger, who said each bike will come with a helmet. “That’s our goal the first year. There are a lot kids that need a bike,” noting it’s a great form of exercise for youth, “and a lot cannot afford it.”

Hagemier said they have reached out for the giveaway to Southwestern students in grades 1-5, but there have also been requests from Deputy, Canaan and Rykers’ Ridge elementary schools about participating.

“It depends on how much excitement the community has” through the number of bicycles that are available. “Honestly, it’s one of the greatest things to happen in the holiday season in Jefferson County in awhile. There’s just a lot of excitement and kindness around that.”

Children will pick up the bikes during the Holly Jolly Santa Celebration, but Hagemier said they have discussed with Hanover Township Fire Department the possibility of delivering bikes to the home of children who aren’t able to pick them up — with Santa on the fire truck. “We could probably do that in Hanover but we haven’t talked with other fire departments,” said Hagemier, who wasn’t sure if that would be possible outside of Hanover.

In other business:

• Davidson said 70 girls have signed up for kindergarten through Sixth grade basketball. He said workouts started last week with team practices beginning this week. Games will run through the end of January.

• Davidson said it has now officially been one year since he started as parks director at Hanover. “Thank you for the opportunity. We’re going to keep growing and working together. It’s not just me, it’s a great team effort,” he said.