This weekend is the perfect time to get into the Christmas spirit with holiday themed events happening throughout the county.
The fun and festivities kick off on Friday with King’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in King Central Park.
The West Stokes High School Band will provide live Christmas music starting at 6:30 p.m. near the Spainhour Cabin, followed by the tree lighting at 7 p.m.
Fans of Santa will have a chance to visit with the big guy inside the Spainhour Cabin and the city will provide light refreshments and chicken stew free of charge.
King Christmas Parade
On Saturday, King will continue its kick off for the holiday season with the annual Christmas Parade at 2 p.m.
The parade is a rain or shine event and this year the theme is “A Story Book Christmas.”
“The Parade will have the same path as last year, and we will stage the parade at King Elementary School,” said King Christmas Parade Committee Chair Doug Wall. “We will begin staging on Saturday morning around 9 a.m. and expect to have the staging completed by noon. We will start judging the floats around noon and expect to have the judging completed, and all awards given out before the starting time of the parade at 2 p.m.”
The Eastern Star and King Masonic lodge will offer concessions for parade participants again this year in the gym, including pizza, doughnuts, hot coffee, hot chocolate, and drinks.
There will be a safe area for parents to drop off small children for the various floats, but organizers ask the parents or guardians using this service to park at First Baptist Church parking lot.
Wall said any questions about the parade should be directed to him at 336-414-5302, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Streets will close down around 1:45 p.m. and open back up about half an hour after the parade has finished.
Christmas in Danbury
The Stokes County Arts Council, Town of Danbury, Stokes County Historical Society and Artist’s Way Bakery will host “Christmas in Historic Danbury” on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Local artists will be featured in the Apple Gallery with an opening reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Featured artists/artisans include Mark Bowman, Kitty Ray Brown, Joseph Brunjes, Carol Carroll, Kim Clayton, Mike Davis, Jo Ann Dodder, Rebecca Dresser, Frank Duncan, Cheryl Garrity, Aaron Gibbons, T J Kuhlmann with Green Dragon Woodworks, Jesse Moore, Ellen Peric, Craig Richards, Paula Stone, Maggie Summey, Debra Tucker, and others. Festivities include special music at the gallery by violinist Joseph Brunjes, demonstrations of basket weaving by Kim Clayton, weaving and spinning by Stephanie Ellis-Wise and characterures by Mark Bowman.
In addition to the gallery reception, there will be tours of the Stokes County Museum from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with special guests Julie Morgan (special reading) and Mike Davis (heritage wood carving); music and dance at Artist’s Way, which include the Micah Phillips expressive dance at 2 p.m., Karen Mercer retelling a story by Gloria Houston – The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree at 2:30 p.m.; CC Dance Company under the direction of Claudia Cotter at 3 p.m.; followed by Brack and Angela Llewellyn and story time at 3:30 p.m. The NoneSuch Carolers will perform in the Apple Gallery at 4:30 p.m. to approximately 5 p.m.
Kids and adults alike, remember Santa, Mrs. Santa and Sammie and Lizzie the elves will be at Artist’s Way making photos. Please come and have your favorite Christmas photo made. All proceeds from the photos taken will be donated to the Animal Rescue of Stokes and the Stokes County Animal Shelter. Artist Way Creations will have delicious baked goodies along with hot cocoa and apple cider to get you in the mood for Christmas.
Also, on the courthouse lawn across from the Stokes County Arts Council beginning at 5 p.m., the Town of Danbury will host the “Annual Christmas Event Celebration” — tree lighting and candle lighting dedication/honorary veteran ceremonies, special guests, and Christmas caroling.
Local arts and crafts vendors are invited to set up a booth on the courthouse lawn or across the street on the sidewalk of the Arts Council. For more information contact the Stokes County Arts Council.
For additional information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina, at 336-593-8159 or visit us at stokesarts.org.
Walnut Cove Tree Lighting
The weekend of holiday events will finish up in Walnut Cove with the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Walnut Cove Small Town Main Street Committee in Fowler Park on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
There will be a tree-lighting ceremony, seasonal music by the South Stokes High School Band, “Selfies With Santa”—a photo opportunity—on a donation-only basis (proceeds go to East Stokes Outreach Ministry), and free treats such as S’mores and hot chocolate.
Sponsors are also needed to buy and decorate a Christmas tree which will stand in Fowler Park until the week before Christmas when it will be given to a less fortunate family.
To sponsor a tree and/or for more information on the event, please contact STMS Committee Co-Chair Kim Ferrell at (336) 416-0671 or Town Clerk Leslie Falstreau at (336) 591-4809.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.