By Gary Perkins
With the BBQ Event now behind us, it is time to start preparing for the Starlight Christmas Parade, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 3. The line up starts at 6 p.m.
As in the past, lineup and the start of the parade will be at the Church of Christ parking lot on South Lee Street, with the parade traveling north on Lee Street to the stop light, then right on Poplar Street to the Fajita Rita’s parking lot.
This year's theme is “A Frosty Christmas in the Fort.”
Our grand marshal is newscaster Lori Fullbright. We encourage all businesses, clubs, churches, school groups, individuals, families, politicians, horse lovers, car enthusiasts, bike riders and walkers, to participate.
There is no charge to enter and everyone is invited. Awards will be presented to the best business entry and the best non-profit entry.
Because of the bottle-neck that is created as we start to line up the parade entries, groups are encouraged to carpool and drop off groups rather than individuals.
There will be no parking allowed on either side of the parking lot — non-entries can enter, drop off and exit only.
We also ask that all horse entries be unloaded off the pavement and remain on the grass until the start of the parade — for obvious reasons.
Wrapped candy may be distributed to the kids along the route. It is usually cold in December, so bundle up and enjoy this traditional starlight parade in Fort Gibson.
Dowe Boulter and Kathy Perkins will provide the “color” commentary as the parade passes the grandstand and bleachers set up at the corner of Lee and Poplar streets.
As always, it is rumored that Jolly ole St. Nick himself will also be part of the parade, riding high atop one of our fire trucks at the tail end of the entries.
He will also be available in front of the Fort Gibson State Bank between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. for the kids to have their pictures taken with Santa.
These pictures are free and provided by SonBurst Graphics.
You can get an entry form by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also just show up at lineup time and fill out an entry and be part of the parade. We want everyone to participate.
For the month of November we are holding our Weekly Chamber Luncheon at The Classic Kitchen in downtown Fort Gibson.
This past Thursday those in attendance included: Mark Young, Justin Calvert, Charlie Leveille, Cheryl Hill, Kathy Perkins, David Perry, Derald Glover, Sue Edwards, Tonia Cooper, and Denise Bain.
Come join us throughout the month of November each Thursday, except Thanksgiving Day, of course. Good food and good company.
Our 2012 Christmas Ornaments are here and ready to be sold. This year's design features the Centennial Park and the town's Christmas Tree.
They turned out beautiful, but we had a small problem. The casting company accidentally misspelled the word “Centennial” — it has an extra “i” and “n” in it. They are printing us new ones that will be here well before the parade, but we have 100 of the “slightly misspelled” ones.
We will be selling them for $5, basically our cost, instead of the regular $10 that the right ones will sell for.
The misspelling is not noticeable at first glance, and maybe they will become high-valued collector's items for some future generation because of the error.
Anyway, if you're interested in one of these one-of-a-kind ornaments, I've got them at the chamber office. The right ones will go on sale as soon as the recasting is completed.