WILLIAMSON - The snow is falling down, decorations are going up and the spirit of Christmas is in the air. With thoughts of happiness and good cheer in their hearts and their minds, the members of Action in Mingo (AIM) are proud to announce the agenda for the “Great White Way” celebration, with this year’s theme centering on an “Old-Fashioned Christmas”.
The day-long event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Williamson, beginning with a Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the 1st United Methodist Church located at the corner of Second and Dickenson Street. The breakfast will be held between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m., with the cost being $5 for adults and $3 for children.
A stocking and ornament display will be featured throughout the day inside the Mingo County Courthouse, so make sure to take time to do a walk through and select your favorite. A doll and quilt display may also be viewed inside the Cinderella Theatre Building on Third Avenue. If you would like to have an item featured in any of these displays, you are asked to call AIM President Jada Hunter at 304-235-0909.
The “Festival of Trees” will be located next to the courthouse inside the Smart Office, and is sponsored in part by the AIM group and the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition. You are encouraged to adopt a 6 ft. pre-lit Christmas tree for the low price of $10 and decorate it between the dates of Dec. 3-6. This is a perfect activity for a community minded group, youth group or a church to participate in. For more information, you may call Kayla or Alexis at 304-235-3400.
From 10:30 until 11:30 a.m., children may participate in the Gingerbread House Workshop at the Sycamore Inn and in that same location, the 2nd annual ‘Bethel Varney Hatfield Spelling Bee” will take place at noon. Divisions will include grades 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12. There will also be a division for adults. Ribbons will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, and the 1st place position will also claim a $25 prize. Pronouncing the words will be Betty Robinson. Those interested in additional details about either of these two events may call Linda Van Meter at 304-235-5544.
From 1-5 p.m., local singers will be entertaining the crowds with the beautiful sound of holiday music, that will be held on the courthouse steps, or at the Cinderella Theatre should the weather choose to be uncooperative.
The schedule is as follows: 12:50 a.m., Rita Dempsey; 1:10 p.m., Debra Shultz; 1:30 p.m., Jessica McCoy; 1:50 p.m., Nancy Browning; 2:10 p.m., Carol Lowe; 2:30 p.m., Valerie Williams; 2:50 p.m., Mike Lucas; 3:10 p.m., Becky Dunn; 3:30 p.m., Ralph/Elizabeth Psykowski; 3:50 p.m., Rev. Joe Moore; 4:10 p.m., Kristi Kather with the Valley Voices Children’s Choir/Choir of the Mountains and at 4:30 p.m., the Mingo Central High School Choir.
A holiday bake-off will be held inside the Cinderella Theatre with a variety of categories and prizes up for grabs. Your entry must be brought in a disposable pan, as they will not be returned. Frances Frye, the Clerk for the City of Williamson, is in charge of this event and will answer any questions you may have at 304-235-1510.
From 2-3 p.m., an Ornament Workshop will be held at the 1st United Methodist Church. At 3 p.m. in front of the Sycamore Inn, children will line up to compete in the “Reindeer Run”, sponsored by the Tug Valley Road Runner’s Club. Prizes will be awarded.
From 3:30 until 4:30 p.m., a “Children’s Story Time” will be held inside the Sycamore Inn, and this activity will lead up to the parade line-up time, scheduled at 4:30 in the parking lot area of the Inn, with the parade beginning at 5 p.m.
A float contest will be held so make sure your group competes for the top prizes. All beauty queen winners from events that have been held throughout the year in the Tug Valley area are invited to attend.
The grand finale in the parade will be Jolly Ole’ St. Nick himself, along with Mrs. Claus, who will arrive by firetruck. Following the parade, children are invited to visit with the couple inside the Cinderella Theatre where they will get to sit on Santa’s lap, receive a treat and share what they want to find under their tree on Christmas morning. Delicious chili will also be available, along with wassail and hot chocolate. Those in attendance will also partake in the variety of desserts entered in the bake off earlier that day.
For more information on any of these events, you may contact Jada Hunter at 304-235-0909 and she will gladly provide assistance.
Make sure to mark the date of December 7th on your calendar. Come to Williamson and join in the celebration of what an “Old Fashioned Christmas” is really all about.