Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tree lighting bigger this year
By SUE WATSON
The Town of Byhalia’s annual tree lighting ceremony and chili supper will be bigger this year, according to Sarah Sawyer with the chamber of commerce.
The event is set for Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at the fire department on Highway 309 North.
Santa will be escorted atop the fire department’s pumper truck again this year but with extra escorts and ceremony, she said.
The Byhalia High School Band, under the direction of Tony Crockett, will lead the mini-parade, followed by Santa and the fire truck and police escorts. It will start at Citizens Bank, proceed south on College to Church Street, then west on Church to Highway 309 North, and from there to the fire station, she said.
The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. and begin with a candlelight ceremony.
Rev. Virgil Scherff, with Friendship Assembly of God Church, will lead prayer and deliver the Christmas message.
Other entertainment for the evening includes caroling by the third and fourth grade classes of Friendship Christian Academy, dance from the Summer’s Dancers, directed by Summer Shaw, and singing led by Theresa Ables with Kids World Day Care and Calvertis Brown with ICS Head Start.
Friendship Academy’s choir, under the direction of Heather Cook and Pam Hodge, will sing carols. Mayor Scooter Dempsey will turn on the Christmas lights.
The event includes a chili supper to benefit the Byhalia Volunteer Fire Department. Santa will be there to take Christmas lists from children. Photographers will be available to take pictures of children with Santa for a small fee.
Candy canes, donated by Piggly Wiggly, and coloring books, donated by Citizens Bank, will be given to children.
For more information on what’s going on in Byhalia this holiday season, contact the chamber of commerce, 662-838-8127.
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