The Christmas season will arrive in full force over the weekend with holiday events planned in Homer, Maysville and Baldwin.
The first annual Christmas Bazaar planned by the Banks County Chamber of Commerce will be held on Friday, December 5, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Christmas parade starts at noon on Saturday.
“We anticipate the town square to be lined with children and adults who have come out in the chilly weather to celebrate the holiday season,” said chamber director Tara Fulcher. “We look forward to many local businesses, clubs, marching units and organizations to participate in the parade. We are also asking parade participants to collect canned goods for the local food bank, Generous Hearts, which will enable them to feed people who were in need over the holiday season. Shoppers can enjoy the many arts and crafts booths available along with holiday music and carols.”
The lighting of the Christmas tree will also take place at dark in front of the historical courthouse.
“This is an evening to bundle up the kids and come celebrate the holiday season with the entire community,” Fulcher said. “This event is planned so the community can gather together for visiting old friends, making new friends, drinking hot chocolate, watching the parade, enjoying the lights, singing carols, strolling from booth to booth doing your Christmas shopping. This is to be an exciting holiday event filled with community spirit for all ages.”
Chamber leaders are seeking volunteers to assist with the parade. Contact the Chamber office at 706-677-2108 for more information or for vendor applications.
TOWN OF HOMER
The Town of Homer will hold its 9th annual Christmas Celebration on Sunday, December 7, at the Historic Courthouse at 6 p.m. Choirs from area churches will perform holiday music.
The Maysville Community Club will hold Christmas in the Park Saturday evening at dusk, with Santa on hand for photos from 4 to 8 p.m.
The annual event includes booths, entertainment, Santa on his sleigh, a hayride and refreshments. Keith Davis will play Christmas carols on his Native American flute.
A Christmas Tour of Homes will be held in Maysville from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Organizers hope the tour will again include six or seven homes. The tour will start at the public library, and $15 tickets will be available there the day of the tour, as well as at local businesses in advance.
The Town of Baldwin's tree lighting event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Roadside Park on Hwy. 441. Hot dogs, roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate will be provided.
Fort Hollingsworth-White House will hold a holiday event on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission will be $5, adults; $2, students; and free for under age 6.
Plans call for tours of the fort and grounds, old fashion decorations, music and stories from yesteryear, hot cider and teacakes.
The address is 2307 Wynn Lake Rd., Alto. Directions from Cornelia are: South on 441 to Hollingsworth (watch for sign). Directions from I-85 are: North on 441 – (watch for sign).
For more information, visit: www.forthollingsworth-whitehouse.com.