Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Toy Drive Sunday To Benefit Local Children
A Christmas Toy Drive will be held Sunday, December 6, at 1:00 p.m. at Last Chance aka The Machine Shop in Ardmore. Greg Schrimsher of Last Chance is working with the Ardmore Police Department to make sure that needy children in the Ardmore area receive toys for Christmas.
Toys and cash donations may be dropped off at Last Chance now through Sunday, December 6. A smoked chicken plate lunch will begin at 12:00 noon. There will also be a live auction starting at 2:00 p.m. and jam sessions from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to bring a new unwrapped toy, make a cash donation, buy some auction items and enjoy lunch. All toys and donations will be used to fill the Christmas wish lists of local children in need.
Last Chance is located at 24660 Pleasant Hill Road in Ardmore. Donations are also being accepted at several other local businesses.
Local Communities Kick Off
Holiday Season With Christmas Parades
Local communities will kick off the 2020 holiday season with their annual Christmas parades. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the parades by participating or by watching. Citizens are reminded to practice social distancing or watch with their immediate family.
The Athens-Limestone Christmas Parade will be Thursday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m. The parade will start at Athens Middle School, 100 U.S. Hwy. 31 N. in Athens. From the school, the parade will go west on Hobbs Street, south on Jefferson Street, east on Market Street, south on Marion Street, west on Washington Street, south on Jefferson Street, and end at the Hometown Shopping Center. Participants and attendees are encouraged to follow all local and state health guidelines during the parade. For more information: 256-232-2600.
The Elkmont Christmas parade will be Saturday, December 5, at 1 p.m. The parade, sponsored by the Elkmont Lions Club, will line up at 12 noon at Elkmont High School, 25630 Evans Drive. Floats, marching band, fire trucks, horses and Saint Nick himself are expected to participate. The parade will go through downtown Elkmont via Upper Fort Hampton Road to AL-127, turn south and finish at Piggly Wiggly. For more information or to sign up to participate go to ElkmontLionsClub.com.
This year's Elkton Christmas Parade, the first to be held in the evening, according to Elkton Mayor Jimmy Dean Caldwell will be Saturday, December 5. There is no specific theme for the parade which will line up in the Elkton School parking lot at 4 p.m. with judging at 4:15 p.m. The parade will step off at 5 p.m. sharp. Ms. Mary S. McFarland is the Grand Marshal.
Seven trophies will be presented this year. Categories include Best of Parade, Mayor's Choice, Christmas spirit, Christmas Star, Most Patriotic, Tin Soldier, and Polar Express.
"We have tossed out treats along the route in the past, however, this year I encourage folks to have someone walk along the float and hand out the treats, please," Mayor Caldwell suggested.
"I know due to Covid folks may be concerned and should be, however, the parade is held outside and we will follow CDC guidance. I encourage folks to attend this event and show your Christmas spirit. Whether there are 20 entries or just one entry, we will have a parade, the only reason to cancel will be if it's raining."
Entry forms are available at Elkton City hall and late entries will be accepted the day of the parade.
The Fayetteville Christmas Parade is slated for Saturday, December 5, at 5:00 p.m. Line up begins at 3:00 p.m. on Thornton Taylor Parkway starting at SB Park. The theme for this year's parade is "You're A Mean One 2020".
"Home for the Holidays" is the theme of the Pulaski Christmas Parade which will be held Saturday, December 12, at 5:00 p.m. with lineup at 3:30 p.m. The parade begins and ends at Giles County High School. Registration deadline is Wednesday, December 9, at 12 p.m. Several prizes will be awarded in various categories. All horse entries must show proof of negative Coggins Test at staging area. No motorcycles are allowed. Absolutely no Santa Claus' allowed on floats. The official Santa will be at the end of the Parade. The parade route is North on 1st Street, West on Washington Street, South on 2nd Street, East on Cemetery Street, South on 1st Street and return to Giles County High School. Entry and attendance are free of cost. For more information, contact Giles Chamber at 931-363-3789.
The annual Ardmore Christmas Parade will be held Monday, December 14. There is no specific theme for this year's parade and entries will step-off at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge to enter this year's parade.
Applications to enter the parade may be obtained by contacting Ardmore City Hall at 25844 Main Street, Ardmore, TN, 38449 or by calling 931-427-2124. Applicants may also contact Ardmore Town Hall at 26494 First Street, Ardmore, AL 35739 or by calling 256-423-2549.
Everyone is invited to support, attend and enjoy these local events to help promote holiday cheer throughout the area.
Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Director Yolandia Eubanks encourages everyone to attend the Tinsel Trail Lighting Ceremony planned at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020. (YCS photo by Joe Stagner)
Greater Ardmore Chamber Holds Tinsel Trail Lighting Ceremony Friday
The Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Tinsel Trail lighting ceremony will be held Friday, December 4, at the pavilion behind the Bryan House beginning at 5:30 p.m.
"The Greater Ardmore Chamber hopes that you will be able to join us Friday evening at 5:30 for the lighting of the Tinsel Trail Christmas Trees," said Chamber Director Yolandia Eubanks. "We will begin our program with the Presentation of Colors by the Ardmore Cub Scout Pack 282 followed by introduction of area representatives and guests. Wooley Springs Children's Choir will then entertain us with a couple of Christmas songs and we will conclude the program with the lighting of the trees by the Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors," Yolandia said.
"We are requesting that only those with handicap decals park in the Cassie's parking lot owned by the Town of Ardmore. This will enable those with health limitations the ability to participate in the Tinsel Trail from their vehicles. We would greatly appreciate your assistance with this request," Yolandia added.
She also reminded everyone attending that the State of Alabama will still be under a mask mandate at the time of the Ardmore Tinsel Trail Tree Lighting Ceremony. In order to comply with this mandate and to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, the Greater Ardmore Chamber will require everyone to wear a mask upon arrival at the event. Everyone is asked to wear a mask throughout the event when six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. Also, event officials have the right to ask people to leave if they do not follow the state health order.
The Town of Ardmore's Christmas decorations, located near the Tinsel Trail and the Bryan House at the corner of Ardmore Avenue and First Street, will also be illuminated Friday, December 4, at 5:30 p.m.
"Everybody is invited to come out and enjoy the Tinsel Trail trees, Town's decorations and holiday festivities," Mayor Billy Shannon said.