Christmas season kicks off in Martin this weekend
Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 8:02 pm
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.
The 12th annual Country Christmas Bazaar and Breakfast with Santa is slated for Saturday in the social hall of St. Jude Catholic Church Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The day will start with a continental breakfast with Santa followed by a hot homemade chili luncheon and sale of home-baked cookies and cakes. A queen-sized quilt will be raffled and a silent auction will be held.
The event is known for having a large selection of high-quality craft items, including wood bowls, stain glass, woven shawls, Russian tea mix, jewelry, purses, candy, cosmetics and bath gift sets, to name a few. Due to his busy schedule, Santa will only be at the bazaar in the morning. The church is located south of the UT Martin dorms on the corner of Hannings Lane and Moody. For more information, contact the church office at 587-9777 or Judy Mehan, Country Christmas Bazaar chairman, at 587-9086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.