Chamber of Commerce to kick off week-long schedule of Christmas events
by Daniel Gaddy
Dec 01, 2010 | 1576 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A week-long set of events sponsored by the Walker County Chamber of Commerce begins today with the intentions of bringing the community together and bolstering local commerce.

"We're inviting all families to enjoy this wonderful celebration of Christmas," said Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Lewis said the schedule of events, entitled "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays," begins with the lighting of a nativity scene at the Walker County Courthouse square. The activity, which begins at 5 p.m., is hosted by Jasper's First Baptist Church and will include a reading of the story of Christmas.

After the lighting, a non-denomination Christmas celebration will be held at First United Methodist Church with performances by the Bevill State Community College Choir and the choir of First United Methodist.

Lewis said officials with the chamber are particularly excited about the "Luminaries on Main Street" event scheduled for Thursday. During the activity, the streets of downtown Jasper will be dotted with miniature candle luminaries. The candles will light the streets from the Burton Building to City Hall on 19th Street and on 3rd Avenue from G. May and Son's Furniture to First United Methodist Church.

"Luminaries on Main Street" is also sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and local businesses will remain open, with storefronts decorated, to meet the public.

Debbie Young Sanders, director of the association, said she believes Thursday's event will parallel with the Heritage Festival in its ability to unite members of the community.

"We just think its a great thing for the town," she said. "We just hope they (the attendants) will shop with their old friends here on main street."

Lewis said supporting businesses in the community is vital because the money spent is poured back into the area.

"We (the Chamber of Commerce) believe we should buy local," she said in an e-mail. "Let's keep the money in our community that supports local causes all year long through the giving of volunteer and financial services."

"Luminaries on Main Street" will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The program will also include live performances from the hand bell choirs of Mount Vernon Baptist Church and Jasper's First Baptist Church. Drama groups from Walker High School and Westside Baptist Church will also perform as well as the Walker High Jazz band, the Sassy Stompers Line Dancers and the Athletic Arts Nutcrackers. Lewis said free train rides will be available to children and Santa Claus will be on hand at the King Building.

Lewis said officials with the chamber would also like to invite the community to the 2010 Walker County Christmas Parade, which will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on 19th Street. She said Santa will also be at the chamber office to hand out Christmas books and candy canes from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Lewis said those interested in participating in the parade can register with the chamber at no cost. For more information, contact the Walker County Chamber of Commerce at 205-384-4571.