Santa sought for the Square

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Santa Claus is needed for The Best Little Christmas Ever Festival, planned for Friday afternoon, Dec. 5, and all day Saturday, Dec. 6, on the square in Lewisburg. Anyone interested in portraying the jolly fat man is urged to apply as soon as possible to organizers Sherri Andrews (359-9789), Lisa Jackson (993-7493), or Melody Spence (3539-4498).

A Santa Claus is about all the trio is lacking for the first-ever Christmas festival on the square. They have been planning since February; Spence got the idea first and took the concept to her friend Jackson, and City Manager Eddie Fuller, and then got Andrews and the Chamber of Commerce involved.

Now the festival is a group effort for Marshall County merchants. With a minimum of expenditure - "we're doing this on a shoestring" - the organizers hope to generate a maximum of fun and activity in downtown Lewisburg

The Halloween decorations created during the Hair Care on the Square competition were so successful that the idea is being continued and expanded for Christmas. So far, there are 19 merchants signed up to decorate spots around the square, and hopefully the few remaining ones will be taken before decoration day next Wednesday.

Lewisburg Electric System is putting up wreaths and lights, and the women reckon they have lots of volunteers, but they say there's always room for more.

"Just show up," they urge: assemble at the vacant lot on the corner of West Church and First Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

There will be a People's Choice contest for best decorations and the winner will be announced "before snow fall" on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Snow is definitely forecast on the square for both Friday and Saturday evenings after the performance of "Christmas at the Dixie," thanks to a rented snow machine.

Both nights before the show you can eat in town. John Finley of the Starlight Café is catering dinner at the First Presbyterian Church annex. They're calling it "Dinner at the Dixie," and you can get tickets ahead of time from Finley or Spence or buy them at the door.

After the show, there will be a horse-drawn carriage to take theatergoers from the square to Spence's store, A Victorian Melody, where she will be serving refreshments. Melanie Gordon will be there with her prints of Lewisburg landmarks, and Dawn Chapman of Bakin' Cakes will be offering samples of her creations. A band of carolers will circulate between A Victorian Melody and the square.

"I'm coming to town," says Andrews. She is moving selected items from her store, The Old Rink Emporium, on Brents Road, to the old Art Guild site on the east side of the square. This is just for the Friday and Saturday of the festival. The Chamber of Commerce is erecting a tent on the northeast corner of the square, and chamber members are welcome to put up booths there.

Some of the food vendors who came to the Goat Festival have also promised to set up on the square. For the children on Saturday there will be a story hour at 10 a.m., and a ventriloquist at 2 p.m.

The Rotary Club's Christmas parade starts from Westvue Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, and passes through the square on its way to The Acres shopping center.

Make plans to head for the Lewisburg square the first Saturday in December - there will be plenty to see, do and eat, and the snow is guaranteed!