By Jack Gurner
WATER VALLEY – A merry myriad of Main Street events is scheduled for this weekend starting with the Railroad Park Pavilion Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday.
Following at 6 p.m. is the opening reception for the Holiday Miniatures Show at Bozarts. The works of 27 area artists will be featured at the gallery located at 403 North Main.
During the 6 to 9 p.m. opening, art lovers will also be able to view and make silent bids on chairs from the Chair-ity Auction.
For early risers, the Water Valley Lions Club will serve their regular first of the month pancake breakfast Saturday morning from 6:30 to 9 at the Casey Jones Railroad Museum. Plates will be $5 each and will include all-you-care-to-eat of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.
Saturday at noon a community choir composed of singers from area churches will perform at the Pavilion prior to the annual Water Valley Christmas Parade.
At the conclusion of the choir’s performance, the parade will roll down Main promptly at 1 p.m., according to J. C. Womble, parade chairman for the Tri-Lake Fairground Association. “Parade entries needs to be in the line-up by 12:30 p.m.,” he said.
“The Tri-Lake Fairground Association will also have a concession stand selling grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, cold drinks and hot chocolate,” Womble added. Parade goers are urged to dress warmly with the temps only expected in the mid-40s .
On Saturday evening the Chair-ity Auction will begin with refreshments and pre-auction socializing at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the Auction will support a Summer Arts Camp for Children to be held next summer by the Water Valley Arts Council.
“The Chair-ity Auction is a unique fund raiser in which local artists (and some non-artists) take everyday chairs and turn them into objects of art, which are then sold to the highest bidder,” said Betsy Person, a member of the Arts Council.
Live bidding, conducted by local attorney and auctioneer extraordinaire P. J. Blount, begins promptly at 7 p.m., Person added.
Among the artists participating are Jayne Clark, Coulter Fussell, Ramona Bernard, Bill Warren, Pati D’Amico, Cecil Ford, Susan Hart, Cynthia Spencer, Dr. Andy Jones, Kody Gilley, and students from Imagination Station.
Tickets for the auction and pre-auction party are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Kids under 4 are free. Tickets are on sale at The Herald office, The White Star Cafe, Renasant Bank, Turnage Drug Store, and from members of the Arts Council.
Also, don’t forget the Main Street Farmers Market on Saturday at 11 a.m. until. Plus, you can find other events listed in our Activities and Events section of this website.