Christmas celebration planned in Martin
Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:46 am
The Christmas season is making its official beginning in Martin and several events are planned to welcome in the “most wonderful time of the year.”
Santa Claus himself will be making his first stop Saturday at 1 p.m. at his house in downtown Martin. Photos will be available and local entertainment will be featured including a performance by Authentic Gospel Singers at 5 p.m. There will be horse and carriage rides from 5-9 p.m. Friday night and 1-9 p.m. Saturday.
Also, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, there will be caroling and a tree lighting ceremony in Festival Park.
The C.E. Weldon Library will be holding its annual Christmas open house Saturday and an entire day’s worth of festivities is planned. There will be crafts for children, musical entertainment and refreshments.
Music kicks off with harpist Jenny Bradshaw at 9:30 a.m. Kevin Kidd will follow at 10 a.m. Johnathan Vest, Martin Housing Authority Choir and Robert Mancusi are at 11:30 a.m., the Henry County High School Madrigals will perform at 1 p.m. and Teresa Collard and Lisa LeBleu will provide folk music at 1:30 p.m.
There will be a Reader’s Theater performance of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 2 p.m., Danny Donaldson will perform piano selections at 2:30 p.m. and the day will wind up with performances from students from the Reba Wade Studio from 3:30-5 p.m.
Additionally, two authors with local ties will be at the library to sign their books. Peggy Washburn Courtright’s “Sharing the Love by Cooking with Family and Friends” was written to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
Sheila Kay Turner wrote “Journey of Grief” about her emotional struggle that stemmed from losing her granddaughter, Madison Fagan.
On Dec. 8-12, the library will be holding a Buy One/Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair. A wide variety of children, teen and adult books, as well as educational products, will be available for purchase. The book fair will be held during regular library hours.