Community residents are once again invited to join Eastern Illinois University’s students and staff during the coming week as the university “presents” its “present” to its constituencies -- two festive gatherings scheduled to take place in Old Main.
“Eastern Illinois University ‘Presents’ the Holidays 2006,” this year’s theme for the university’s annual community/campus holiday parties, will feature décor composed of packages galore, all festively wrapped for the holiday season.
Guests are invited to attend either of the two events, the first of which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, and the second from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Holiday music, food and drink will be offered.
There is no admission charge; however, a box will be available for those wishing to donate new, unwrapped toys to Eastern’s 2006 Toys for Tots drive.
Parking is available in any university lot (excluding handicapped spaces) after 5 p.m. Guests attending Thursday’s gathering may also park in any student/staff lot during the event’s duration.
A total of six trees adorn Cougill Foyer this holiday season, with five featuring the more than 2,000 decorations made by students of Ashmore, Carl Sandburg, Jefferson, Lake Crest (Oakland) and Mark Twain elementary schools.
The sixth tree -- a 15-foot alpine spruce -- features gifts beautifully wrapped in paper and ribbons of blue, white and silver, representative of Eastern’s school colors.
EIU and President Lou Hencken invite all to stop by and enjoy this year’s holiday celebrations.