2018-12-05 / Front Page

Christmas on Liberty is Friday

DIANA ROYAL


Staff from the Burke County Recreation Department have been busy decorating the courthouse for Friday’s festivities. Staff from the Burke County Recreation Department have been busy decorating the courthouse for Friday’s festivities. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

For 20 years, citizens of Burke County and friends from surrounding areas have gathered to celebrate the magic and blessings of the holiday season with the annual Christmas on Liberty Square.

The event will begin this Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. with the traditional Victorian stroll starting at 5:30. Carolers will gather on the lawn at First United Methodist Church and make their way by candlelight to the courthouse steps, where pastor Logan Almy will give the historical address. Ashley Duffie will proceed with the reading of “The Christmas Story,” and Madison Osborne and Makayla Conner will lead everyone in the singing of Christmas carols. The pair will continue caroling throughout the evening at various storefronts.

A number of performances are planned at First Liberty Market, beginning with the First Baptist Church Choir at 6:15. Special routines from OnCue Dance Studio and Simply Strut Dance Studio will be held at 7 and 7:45, respectively.

Botsford Baptist Church will also conduct a live nativity.

Free activities for children will take place all night, including favorites such as the bean bag toss, the Polar Express train ride and Christmas- themed crafts. Of course Santa will make an appearance, and children are invited to take pictures with the North Pole’s top elf and to help Mrs. Claus eat homemade cookies, thanks to DOOR (the Downtown Organization of Retailers).

Businesses and vendors will have all sorts of goodies available, from foods to handmade wooden toys and crafts. There will be chili, fried potato chips, gourmet popcorn, hot chocolate, divinity, wreaths, jewelry, scarves, candles and so much more, not to mention drink and food specials at local eateries and discounts at multiple shops.

Attendees also have the chance to help warm up the holidays for those less fortunate. Burke County High School’s art club, “ARTreach,” will be collecting coats, jackets, sweaters and hoodies to donate locally. (See 1B for story.)

DOOR co-chair Lindsey Beazley Keller encourages the community to join in the celebration. “There’s something for everyone of all ages,” she says. “Come enjoy the spirit of Christmas in the Bird Dog Capital of the World. We have some of the cutest boutiques and gift shops around and other groups who really make this event special. You don’t want to miss it.”

WHAT’S GOING ON

5 p.m. – Christmas on Liberty Square officially begins

5:30 p.m. – Carolers make their stroll to the courthouse; reading of “The Christmas Story” by Ashley Duffie; historic address by pastor Logan Almy

6:15 p.m. – First Baptist Church Choir at First Liberty Market

7 p.m. – performance by OnCue Dance Studio at First Liberty Market

7:45 p.m. – performance by Simply Strut Dance Studio at First Liberty Market

FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Blair Rivers Boutique: Christmas ornaments; Bronze Body Tanning and Boutique: s’mores; etc. & Other Things: reindeer food; First National Bank: Cookie Crunch (benefiting the Wimberly House) and the Polar Express Train; Good Day Café: Rudolph on a stick ornaments; Jackson Cox Law Office: Christmas crème sodas and magical color scratch ornaments; Nail Time: decorate gingerbread men cookies; Pecan Row: Christmas coloring sheet; Posh Pointer Boutique: nativity Christmas ornaments; Queensborough Bank: bean bag toss and cotton candy; Southern Door Art: Christmas ornaments; Waynesboro Emporium: reindeer candy cane craft; World Finance Company, pine cone Christmas ornaments; and Yvonne’s Flowers & Gifts: Letters to Santa.

It’s not too late to enter the gingerbread house contest, sponsored by Blanchard & Calhoun and Mr. Golf Carts. Entries can be dropped off at Blanchard & Calhoun, located at #7 Olde Waynesborough, today (Wednesday) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information and complete contest rules, contact Elizabeth Billips at ebillips@BlanchardAndCalhoun.com or 706.551.0729.

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