Christmas in Martin
By Tracy Sharp, Managing Editor
Posted: Thursday, December 4, 2008 2:25 pm
The wind is crisp with a chill that only December brings. Lights are shining on local homes’ roofs and Christmas ornaments are bright in the windows of businesses. Christmas is in the air.
During this time of celebration of the birth of Christ, community leaders, philanthropic organizations and families are coming together to honor the holiday.
This weekend, several events are being held in the heart of Martin as well as other events all around the community preparing for Christmas.
To set off the holiday spirit, the Martin Business Association is holding a Christmas Tree Contest with businesses competing under the watchful eye of the Martin Beautiful Association who will be judging the event on Friday for best and most unique tree. Businesses, including the Weakley County Press whose theme is “Black, White and Read All Over.” Other themes around from participating businesses include Reese Financial Group: “Putting on the Ritz”; Van Ayer Healthcare and Rehab Center: “Sweetest Residents in Town!”; The Stable: A “Redneck” Christmas; Country Pet Resort Spa: “Rock Candy” Christmas; Brandy’s Restaurant: A “Sweet Talk” Christmas; Sideline Physical Therapy and Fitness Center: “Kicking Off the Holidays!”; Monograms and More: “Letters of Christmas”; Tennessee Technology Center at McKenzie (Martin Campus): “Technically Christmas”; St. Charles Flowers and Gifts: St. Charles’s “Peppermint Winter Wonderland”; WCMES: “Mak-ing Your Christmas Brighter”; Vowell and Sons: “46 Years: A Lumberjack Tradition” Christmas; Hamilton Ryker: A "Blue and White" Christmas and Century 21 Overton Real Estate Auction Co.: Home for the Holidays in the non-competing category.
MBA Activities Committee member Leslie Haywood-Moore said she was excited by the businesses’ participation in the event.
“This has been a lot of fun,” she said. “We’ve had a great time working on this event and the themes are fantastic.”
On Saturday, the Martin Business Association and the Martin Historical Business District is sponsoring a City-Wide Open House with businesses participating throughout Martin. Santa Claus and his elves will be meeting with children on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Santa House in Festival Park beside the Gazebo behind City Hall. Photos with the jolly red elf are available as are Personalized Christmas ornaments their families can fill up on hot cocoa and popcorn. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., a horse and wagon will be available to take citizens on a ride. Both organizations say that local businesses will be holding sales all over town. The Carl Perkins Center will also be taking pictures with Santa at the Weldon Library Saturday afternoon in a holiday fundraiser.
Next Monday, the Kiwanis Club will be holding its annual Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony following immediately after the last float heads down Lindell Street. Santa will return Monday night and entertainment will be supplied by the UTM Chorus led by Mark Simpson and The Fieser family.
Other holiday events scheduled this year include the 24th year of Santa’s Village at the Ned R. McWherter Agricultural Pavilion set for next weekend beginning on Thursday, Dec. 11 and lasting through Sunday.
The Westview Class of 2009 will also be offering the annual Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 14. Tickets are $10.
Monograms and More Store Manager Brittany Nanney and MBA Activities Committee Member Leslie Haywood-Moore