By Gary Perkins
I want to highlight two main items this week.
First, the 2013 Fort Gibson Christmas ornament featuring the Grand River Bridge will be available to purchase by Wednesday. The ornament, featuring the colors red and green with a red ribbon, will be on sale for $10, and is the sixth in a series of Fort Gibson landmarks highlighted on the ornaments. This year's ornament will be available to be purchased at Fort Gibson State Bank, Valu-Med Pharmacy, SonBurst Graphics, Armstrong Bank, Town Hall, and the chamber office. If any additional locations become available I will send out a note to everyone. These annual ornaments have quickly become collector's items, and those that have all since their introduction in 2008 have something that can be shown and the particular landmark explained for generations to come. Quantities are limited, so don't miss out.
The next main item to mention is the Starlight Christmas Parade, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 2.
As always, lineup will be at the Church of Christ parking lot on South Lee Street beginning at 6 p.m. Lineup is on a first-come, first-served basis, and we expect a record turnout this year based on the response that I have already received from those who want to participate.
The theme this year is "A Magical Christmas" and as always, there is no cost to enter. We encourage all local businesses, organizations, church groups, families, friends, sports teams, politicians, car clubs, civic clubs, horse or mule riders, motorcycle or four-wheeler riders or just individuals who want to walk to enter and be part of the parade.
We will give out a "Winner's Plaque" to the best in each category — profit or nonprofit entries. Bleachers and the judges stand will be set up at the intersection of Lee and Poplar streets as the parade passes and continues to the old Fajita Rita's parking lot. The length of the parade is approximately 1.5 miles.
It is also planned that we will have a brief tree-lighting ceremony at Centennial Park prior to the start of the parade. A few clubs have also indicated that they will be setting up stands to serve hot chocolate, coffee, and the like.
Also, as always, Santa will be the final entry in the parade, which is always a delight to the kids of all ages. Prior to the parade, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., SonBurst Graphics will be taking free pictures of kids and Santa in front of the Fort Gibson State Bank. Don't miss this great annual family-oriented Christmas parade. Plan on being part of it or just come out and watch.
Speaking of pictures with Santa, beginning Nov. 30, pictures with Jolly Old Saint Nick will be taken at A Flower Can, 1207 S. Lee St. For information and times, call Klynna Nail at (918) 478-9888. Santa will be a busy bee prior to taking up his sleigh and spreading his joy on Christmas Eve and Day.
A reminder that for the month of November our Weekly Chamber Luncheon is being held at Mac's Drive-Inn at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday. This past Thursday, we had Carol Milligan, Lisa Clayton, Kathy Perkins, Cheryl Hill, Shelly Holderby, Justin Young, and myself in attendance. Come join us, and enjoy some of JD's delicious delights.