, Muskogee, OK

November 4, 2013

Holidays approach, Starlight Parade scheduled

By Gary Perkins
Chamber Notes

— November is upon us with Thanksgiving Day, the Starlight Christmas Parade, and Christmas quickly approaching.

While Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are in your hands, the chamber is excited about this year’s Starlight Christmas Parade, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

As in recent years, lineup will be at the Church of Christ parking lot on South Lee Street beginning at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s parade theme is “A Magical Christmas.” There is no fee to enter the parade, and civic clubs and groups, church organizations, businesses, car clubs and groups, politicians, families, and individuals are encouraged to enter the parade with a float, vehicles, horses, four-wheelers, or just by walking.

The parade route is approximately 1.5 miles long, ending at the old Fajita Rita’s parking lot on East Poplar Street, just past Harp’s Food Store.

We also have a very special grand marshal leading the parade.

That will be announced in a couple of weeks.

Bleachers, along with the parade judge’s grand stand, will be set up at the corner of Lee and Poplar streets where the town Christmas tree will be lit prior to the start of the parade. Pictures with Santa will also be taken at Fort Gibson State Bank by SonBurst Graphics between the hours of 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., free of charge. Additionally, a small program is being planned around the gazebo prior to the tree lighting and arrival of the parade. Also, as usual, Santa will be part of the parade, as we officially usher in the Christmas season here in Fort Gibson.

Speaking of Christmas, our official Fort Gibson Christmas ornament will be ready for sale within the next few days. This year’s edition, which is the 6th annual, will be a rendition of the Grand River Bridge, erected in 1926 by Muskogee Iron Works. This old bridge has long been a symbol of Fort Gibson and the Three Rivers area at the foot of the old fort. The ornament will go on sale for $10 and has quickly become a collector’s item. As soon as I get a call from the engraver at Inola Castings I will get the word out that they are available and where in town they can be purchased.While we are mentioning Fort Gibson symbols, with the arrival of November we will be moving our Weekly Chamber Luncheon, to Mac’s Drive-Inn. We want to thank Rene and Maria Corral and their crew at Fajita Rita’s for their great food and hospitality throughout the month of October. We appreciate them and all they bring to our town. This past Thursday, we had the following enjoying lunch at Fajita Rita’s: Mark and Sherry Young, Tonia Cooper, Justin Young and son Westin, Rhonda Lee, Al Stevens, Kathy Perkins, Sue Edwards, and myself. For November, come join us each Thursday, except Thanksgiving Day, at 11:30 at Mac’s Drive-Inn for our Weekly Chamber Luncheon. See you there!