WATER VALLEY – This year’s Christmas in the Valley promises to be bigger and better than previous years with a two-day lineup of events as the Water Valley Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Association promote local businesses and provide holiday activities Friday and Saturday.
The fun gets underway Friday night, starting at 5 p.m. as carriage rides set the festive tone for Christmas in the Valley. Chamber President Tyler Hill reports a second carriage has been added due to the popularity last year and the rides start at the Chamber office, where hot chocolate is also available. The route this year will go up Panola Street and back down Dupuy Street.
To serenade the clippity-clop of horse hooves traveling through town, church choirs, both adult and children will perform at the Bandstand, starting at 6 p.m.
Although the forecast will not dip below freezing, the chamber promises snow for the children, complete with Frosty the Snowman.
The festive spirit continues Saturday when Santa rolls in from the North Pole to visit and have his picture made with the young children prior to the annual Christmas parade, which is sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Fairgrounds Association. Santa has agreed to spend three hours in the Valley, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. before taking his position with Mrs. Claus in the parade. Defining Moments Photo-graphy will take pictures with each child with Santa for $10.
Sonic Drive-In of Water Valley will be serving free hot chocolate at the Downtown Bandstand area during the Christmas parade activities. The parade will start rolling down Main at 1 p.m. with Grand Marshals Bob and Dale Tyler at the lead (see related story, Page 2).
If you have not already entered the Christmas Parade line-up, but wish to have an entry in the parade contact J.C. Womble at 473-3190 or email jcwomble53@ yahoo.com. You can also call Bobby Murphree at 473-2501.
“We appreciate everyone who takes part in the Christmas parade. It’s never too late to enter and there’s no entry fee, reports Parade Chairman J.C. Womble.
Saturday’s lineup continues into the night with gallery openings for popular shows and a tour of historic homes from 4:30 to 6:30. Tour wristbands are available for $5 at J’s on Main Street (418 N. Main Street) Saturday, beginning at 3:30 p.m., which is the starting point for the tour. Refreshments will be served at each of the four homes on the tour.
The action continues on Main as the tours wind down and gallery owners get ready for the season with opening receptions. Bozarts Gallery and Alliance will present the 7th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. This year artists have been challenged to make even smaller pieces for the show, no bigger than eight inches by eight inches. On display will be pottery, wood-work, jewelry, cards, scarves and bags, magnets, prints and other litter treasures. There will also be bigger pieces of art available in the mirror gallery in Bozarts.
The Third Annual Multiples/Sweepstakes opens at Yalo Studio, as Mike Howard’s work is again featured. This year Howard has painted 99 bottles of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer in oil on canvas. Each painting is numbered, one to 99, and with your purchase you are automatically entered in the sweepstakes that includes a grand prize two-night stay at the Iron Horse Hotel in beautiful Milwaukee, Wisc., the birthplace of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. You can win this or one of 10 smaller prizes if the wheel lands on your lucky number. While many of the paintings have already been purchased, a few are still available.
J. Clayton’s is also open Saturday night with features from local artists including photography by Jim Hendrix and jewelry by Natalie Rodgers.
Bob and Dale Tyler have been selected as Grand Marshals of the 2014 Water Valley Christmas Parade. Bob and Dale are no strangers to Water Valley and the surrounding areas. Between the years of 1955-1967, they taught and coached in the school systems of Water Valley, Okolona, Corinth, Senatobia and Meridian.
From 1968 to 1971, Tyler was on the staff of John Vaught at the University of Mississippi. Later Tyler worked as an assistant under Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama during the 1971 season. He served as offensive coach at Mississippi State University in 1972. From 1973 to 1978, Tyler was head football coach at Mississippi State University.
From 1979-1981, Tyler worked as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys. In 1981, Tyler coached at North Texas State University. Tyler then went on to coach at Northwest Mississippi Community College and Oxford High School in the 1980s.
He was named deputy-director of the Mississippi State Parks, Wildlife and Fisheries from 1992 to 1996. Tyler served as head coach of Millsap Majors from 2000 until his retirement in 2002. Through the years, the Tylers have been active members of organizations, clubs and their church that have helped many people in the community and the surrounding areas. They remain active ambassadors for the City of Water Valley and Yalobusha Economic Development. Water Valley has always been home to the Tylers.
“For their many years of service, love and dedication to Yalobusha County, the City of Water Valley and the surrounding community, the Tri-Lakes Fairground Association is proud to honor the Tylers as the Grand Marshals of the 2014 Water Valley Christmas Parade,” said Parade Chairman J.C. Womble.