Straight from the Tracks of Lynnville

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Greetings from the banks of Robertson Fork Creek from the historic town of Lynnville, Tennessee.

Happy New Year for everyone in 2018!!!!

To sum up the Christmas Season for 2017 in Lynnville, Tennessee, we consider it to have been a great celebration for a “Small Town Christmas”.

“Small Town Christmases” have been taking place in the charming tree-lined streets of Lynnville since its establishment in 1807. Lynnville has a very welcoming atmosphere with a great culture. In a small town during the Christmas season, one can learn the good cooks and their family heritage, immerse themselves in the town’s culture, and learn the crafty people.

Lynnville decided in 1985 to start the annual Christmas Parade to be held on the first Saturday in December. While a “Small Town Christmas” is a title given to the very small towns, do not let the name fool you. Starting the annual Lynnville Christmas Parade was a big celebration with something for everyone.

A goal was set to always try to find ways to make the parade grow and do better each year for the community. New and exciting adventures for the parade were always a goal of the parade committee. Families and friends have always been encouraged to join in all of the activities for the holiday parade celebration in Lynnville, Tennessee.

Ten years ago, a change came of the Lynnville Christmas Parade. The parade committee decided to have an evening parade and the starting time would change to 5 p.m. and the starting point of the parade would be from the Robert Dunnavant Park located on Industrial Park Drive. All units in the parade would be immersed in beautiful colored Christmas lights. All of the Christmas decorations and lights on the town square and at homes and businesses would light up the parade route. The Richland High School Band performs as the parade enters the town square. The parade is now called “The Lynnville Lighted Christmas Parade”.

We love our small town atmosphere in Lynnville and hope to maintain it, but always remember that “Lynnville Is A Small Town With A Big Heart”.

The annual “Lynnville Lighted Christmas Parade” has grown each year of its thirty-three years of existing. It is hoped that the parade will continue to grow each year with the help of everyone for future generations to enjoy.

On Christmas Eve Sunday, the Lynnville First Presbyterian Church was honored with a guest concert violinist, Jennifer Dutton, performing at the 11 a.m. worship service. Ms. Dutton performed several of the Christmas Hymns for the congregation. Ms. Dutton resides in Lynnville and we all welcome her to the community.

The “Breakfast With Santa” on Saturday morning, Dec. 16, at the Lynnville Municipal Building was a huge success and everyone enjoyed themselves and the children got to tell Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas. The Lynnville Helping Hands Group sponsored this activity.

The annual “Lynnville Home Decorating Contest” was held on Thursday evening, Dec. 21 with the judging. Those winning were as follows: the 205 Higdon Street Home of Tracey and Randy Norman won first place; receiving second place was the home of Ann and Bobby Allen Hollis, Jr. and Family; the home of Irene Reynolds of 306 Mill Street received third place; and Honorable Mention went to the home on the corner of 1490 Burrough Lane and West Main Street to Eileen and Lee Moore. Everyone who participated in the contest, we say thank you and we hope next year more homes will enter the contest that is sponsored by the Town of Lynnville.

“A Candlelight Service” was held on Christmas Eve at the historic Lynnville United Methodist Church located at the corner of Main and Bugg Street.

Christmas 2017 in Lynnville, Tennessee has come and gone and is now in the history books for future generations to read and hear about. This was a good year for Christmas in Lynnville with activities and programs for everyone to be a part of and attend. The activities were: Community Thanksgiving Service, Christmas Village and Christmas Lunch, 33rd Annual Lynnville Lighted Christmas Parade, Breakfast With Santa Claus, the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree and Lights, Christmas Piano Recital, and programs at the churches.

For a small town, Lynnville does its part in celebrating the Christmas Season. It is our hope that next year every activity will grow and more events will be going on in our proud, southern small town with a huge heart.

Anyone wanting to learn to play the piano and take lessons, call 931-527-3466.

If you are in Lynnville, stop by “The Lynnville Fried Pie Company” and taste some of their delicious pies and other sweets and have a nice cup of coffee.

To the readers of “Straight From The Tracks of Lynnville, Tennessee”, thank you for your support of this column. It is hoped that 2018 will be a good year for everyone!!!!