Looks like we are on the home stretch to Christmas. The last city parade will be in Palmer on Saturday. The lineup will begin at 3pm at Layne’s funeral home and kickoff at 4 p.m., traveling to downtown Palmer where the Christmas crew has a full evening of memory-making fun planned for the kids including story time, caroling, and dinner with Mr. & Mrs. Santa. I have even heard that every child will receive a toy. How wonderful is that?!
What would the holiday season be without a little Christian wrestling. Saturday, the boys are back at the Florence Scruggs Auditorium in Altamont. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Bell time is 7 p.m. Penny Sons and I were just talking about how fun it was growing up watching Tojo Yamamoto and others at local venues. I am still trying to find out Chris Grooms wrestling name, if you know it, holler at me.
LeTease, Mary, Nadene, Ted and I went to the Beersheba Assembly’s Christmas luncheon last week and won the Christmas Advent Trivia game sponsored by McMinnville UMC. I could not have picked a better team; their knowledge of the bible really helped us represent the home team well. On the way home, I stopped by the courthouse open house where Kenny Barrett and crew were leading some spirited Christmas carols, Santa was surrounded by smiling children, and the Grinch was being his impish self. Of course, there were a ton of yummies to snack on too. I can’t brag enough on our local leaders, both city and county. This season, the gifts of fellowship and giving has reminded me once again why there is no better place on earth than right here in Grundy County. And yes Daniel, the best courthouse in America!
Next week, we will talk about cold weather, driving in snow and ice, and holiday hours.
Weekend highlights: (Disclaimer, events may change or cancel due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.)
Dec. 15 – Christmas Auction at SVEC, South Pittsburg, closes at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Multi-County Cancer Support Network.
Dec. 16 & 17 – Aaron Lewis at The Caverns, Underground, 8 p.m. both nights. www.thecaverns.com for tickets.
Dec. 16 – Nativity Escape Room at RISE UP Grundy, Palmer, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. riseupgrundy.com
Dec. 16 – Christmas program at Landmark Holiness Church, Coalmont, 6 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Christmas Program at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Altamont, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Christmas Parade at Hillsboro, 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 – Christmas Celebration in Downtown Palmer, 3 p.m. parade lineup, 4 p.m. parade, 5:15 p.m. Christmas story time, 5:45 p.m. Christmas Carols, 6:30 p.m. Dinner with Santa and Mrs. Claus, after dinner every child receives a toy.
Dec. 17 – Bakers Chapel Christmas Party at Coalmont Community Center, 4 p.m. Bring a dish to share.
Dec. 17 – Christian Heritage Wrestling at Florence Scruggs Auditorium, Altamont. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Bell Time 7 p.m. VIP $10 pp, General admission $5 pp.
Dec. 18 – Christmas Play at Highland Community Church, Monteagle, 5 p.m.
Dec. 18 – Christmas program at Myers Hill Church, Tracy City, 5 p.m.
Dec. 22 – Christmas Play at Mount Etta Church, Gruetli-Laager, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 23 – Christmas Eve Service at City Light Church, Monteagle, 6 p.m.
Dec. 18 – Ranger Falls Winter Hike at SGSP, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., seven miles, rugged, Ranger Childress. Call the SCSP Welcome and Information Center 931-924-2980, or register online www.tnstateparks.com/parks/southcumberland $10 pp.
Dec. 18 – Stone Door Night Hike at SGSP, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m, two miles, moderately easy, Ranger Spencer. Call the SCSP Welcome and Information Center 931-924-2980, or register online www.tnstateparks.com/parks/southcumberland $10 pp.
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