The 2016 Cherokee County Christmas parade is at hand.
Saturday is the date for the annual caravan along Centre’s Main Street. Floats and other motorized units will travel from the Chesnut By-Pass to Centre Elementary School.
Walking units will make the jaunt from First United Methodist Church to First Baptist Church. Parade line-up is to be at 9 a.m. — floats must be in line by 9 a.m. in order to be judged. The parade “will roll” at 10 a.m.
Spectators may line the street anywhere along the parade route — however, commentary will be broadcast at the courthouse intersection of South River Street. Performing units will also do their presentations in front of the courthouse.
The parade is sponsored by the Spirit of Cherokee organization.
Additional information may be obtained via the Chamber of Commerce office — 256-927-8455. The yearly Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Women’s Club of Weiss Lake is slated for the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 4. Tour-goers may drop by the Cherokee County Historical Museum to partake of refreshments, get directions to houses of the tour, and purchase tickets. Proceeds from the event help the club support many service projects for the county.
REMINDER! Residents and visitors have until Dec. 17th to vote for favorite Christmas trees now on display at the Museum. Several civic organizations have decorated trees to represent their respective groups.
All the trees show a great deal of creativity!
Individuals are invited to vote for his or her favorite tree. The sponsoring group of the tree receiving the most votes will receive one-half of the registration fee for all of the trees.
The museum will receive the other half.
The Museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Stop by, one and all. Vote for favorite tree. Purchase holiday gifts from the great collection — books, photographs, caps, t-shirts, porcelain ornaments, mugs, and much more!
(The 2016 ornament depicts the early Cedar Bluff School building. Ornaments from the past 11 years are also available for persons needing extras or the full series. $15 each — or a discount for a whole set).
Hurrah! for all of the area residents and visitors who filled shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child project of Samaritan’s Purse. The generosity of area individuals, families, churches, and organizations resulted in 3,756 boxes for children in wartorn, disaster-ravaged, and poverty-stricken countries around the planet!
Local collection sites — the Cherokee Baptist Association office in Centre and Mount Vernon Baptist Church near Sand Rock — had drop-offs of boxes from thoughtful people in Cherokee, northern Calhoun, and southern Dekalb counties — plus a few boxes from passers-by.
The boxes from the area were transported to the Atlanta regional distribution center during EARLY morning hours on Nov. 21. The northeast Alabama boxes have been added to the collection from several southeastern states.
Hundreds of volunteers from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina are already counting, checking, and sorting the boxes for distribution to several continents before Christmas.
Thanks to donors and wrapping/crating/loading/ delivery(of preparation supplies AND filled boxes) volunteers! A salute goes to the many churches (of various denominations!) that participated in the project. Mount Vernon — which averages about 65 for Sunday attendance — contributed 325 filled boxes! Shady Grove and Enon Grove churches also contributed 200-plus boxes — more boxes than members! (Numerous other groups also contributed more boxes than members).
Thanks, EVERYONE! You are brightening the lives of children in sad circumstances! Now is also the time to help scores of children in Cherokee County!!! Monetary donations or agreements to “adopt” a child or a family of children are now urgently needed by the Nettie King Brown Christmas Clearinghouse.
Contributions are needed no later than Dec. 11. Items will be distributed at the King Building (across West Main Street from First Southern State Bank) on Dec. 17 — from 8 a.m.-12 noon. The NKBCH assists children ages 12 and under.
Individuals, families, or groups may telephone Kay King Davis (256-9279516 before 8pm any day) to be assigned a child or children to help. Kay will give the donors information about the needs and sizes of each child.
Donors may deliver their selected items on the 11th. However, some “adopters” actually take school-age “adoptees” shopping and for taste treats at a fast food restaurant. The decision is up to the adopters. Donors should contact the parents or guardians of assigned children to make arrangements for shopping excursions. (Most adopters like to wait until school Christmas vacation begins).
Kay notes that the list of children is longer than in most previous years — thus contributions and adoptions are definitely needed. Cherokee County Public Library director Elaine Henry and staff remind patrons that the first week of the month is fine-free week.
Over-due books returned in good condition will be accepted without fines. The on-going book sale at the library is an interesting place to visit. Books and magazines in scores of categories are available at bargain prices — some as low as ten cents. (Library hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday: Wednesday, 8 a.m.- 12 noon).
The annual board recognition dinner of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama was held at the Anniston Country Club on Nov. 17. Dr. Martha Lavender — Gadsden state Community College president and Hokes Bluff resident — was named board chair for the coming term. Board member Al Shumaker received a bridge builder award in recognition of his encouragement of donors. R.G. Wilson-Lyons, Cherokee County native and associate minister at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, served as the keynote speaker.
He shared experiences from his ten years as minister of the Community Church without Walls in Birmingham’s West End.
He especially noted the establishment of a community garden — that has evolved into a farmers market and a restaurant — and emphasized the value of recipients’ participation in assistance and community projects. Other area residents in attendance at the CFNA gathering were Dekalb County’s board member Circuit Judge Randall Cole and his wife Barbara; R.G.’s wife Mary Page Wilson-Lyons; and this writer. R.G.’s parents, Glendacile and Wallace Lyons, were delighted to have a special visitor while R.G. and Mary Page were attending the CFNA session. Toddler Nina Kate Wilson-Lyons already has her Lyons grandparents “wrapped around her little finger” — at least a dozen times.
The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama serves nine counties — and has at least one board member from each county.
Funds for a number of Cherokee County non-profit organizations are managed by the Foundation.
Several organizations in the county have received grants from the Foundation. Prospective grantees may go the Foundation’s website for application information.
American Village will be the place to go for a special Christmas celebration any day Dec. 6, 7,8, or 9. Tickets — $ 25 per person — provide a tour of the Village, a Christmas concert in the colonial chapel ( which has just recently been refurbished), a Christmas fete, and a catered lunch in the Village’s replica of the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. reservations are required — and may be made via 205-665-3535.
(THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO OBSERVE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON).
While at the Village, visitors just MUST tour the outstanding display which salutes military veterans! Families are welcome to share their military veterans’ information — which will be added.
Hokes Bluff Christmas Parade — Dec. 10 — Info.: Hokes Bluff City Hall.
Special Christmas gifts — available at reduced prices Tuesday-Sunday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Works of art, books, jewelry, clothing and accessories, handmade purses, photos, greeting cards, etc. (BMA is located along 8th Avenue, North — across the street from Linn Park — near City Hall and County Courthouse. From I-59 S, exit left at 22nd St., travel to 8th Ave., turn right, go one block, turn right. Parking lot is on left. There is also ample parking surrounding Linn Park.