By Mickey Howley
There is an app on my phone that tells me the coming week’s forecast. I was in the habit of anxiously and quite frequently looking at it. But slowly I figured the long-range projections, as what would happen in seven days, were not all that precise. And the current forecast for this weekend is cool. But that is fine, because it is early Christmas season in the Valley and being a bit bundled up is just how it goes this time of year.
The WV Chamber of Commerce and WV Main Street have teamed up with a lot of help to bring a real holiday night downtown this coming Friday, Dec. 6. Downtown stores will be open late, a great chance for some more local shopping.
The Junior Auxiliary is having a photo session with Santa on the deck at the Casey Jones Museum. Nothing says Valley Christmas more than a photo with Santa and the old red caboose. There will be live music coming from the Pavilion in Railroad Park. Choirs from Spring Hill North and the First Baptist Church will be singing and the WV Community Band will play. Music starts at 5:30.
Be bundled up warm, as from 6 p.m. on there will be carriage rides around downtown. Take a horse drawn ride and see downtown like you never have before. And if it all gets a bit too cold, step back in a store to warm up or stop in at Yalo Studio and Bozarts Gallery. Both places have new shows opening Friday night. Yalo’s show is “Moon Pies and RC Colas” by artist Mike Howard. It is an art show with a theme you just have to check out. Bozarts has its 5th annual “Holiday Miniature Show.” There are 38 artists in this show, the biggest show of the year by far. Both shows have creative work just right for giving original art as a gift for someone—or yourself.
And, of course, be back downtown for the annual Christmas Parade Saturday.
You have seen them walking around town the last few months, asking questions and looking bright and cheerful. They were out in force for the Art Crawl this year. Last time I saw them they were in smaller groups of 5 walking on Main Street. They’re the Integrated Marketing class seniors from Ole Miss and Water Valley has been their semester long senior capstone project.
This Thursday at 5 p.m. at Farley Hall on the University campus, the seniors in five groups of five, will be presenting their ideas on how Water Valley can market itself for now and the future. So if you can, make your way to the Grove this Thursday. Farley Hall faces it and is located between the Center for the Study of Southern Culture building and the old law school building. It’ll be interesting to see what they have come up with and how we can continue telling folks about Water Valley.