2018-12-06 / Front Page

HIOLT festivities get underway Friday night

The annual Holidays in Olde Lincoln Towne Christmas parade is set to get underway at 3:30 p.m, this Saturday. The annual Holidays in Olde Lincoln Towne Christmas parade is set to get underway at 3:30 p.m, this Saturday. The Holidays In Olde Lincoln Towne festivities will kick off, Friday night, December 7, with a schedule of activities jam packed with opportunities for everyone.

The festival officially starts at 5 p.m. on Main and Peachtree Streets with special holiday shopping at downtown merchants with extended hours until 8 p.m. Chamber Direc­tor Beth Putnam reminds visitors to pick up a free reusable HIOLT shop­ping bag at participating Chamber merchants on Friday night.

First Assembly of God will pres­ent a live nativity beginning at 6 p.m. at McCombs Station. “Every­one is encouraged to come together as a community in celebration of the birth of Christ,” she said.

Various musical performers will be singing the songs of the season at 6:30 p.m. at the busking station on Peachtree Street close to Gold­man and Wengrow.

Bethany and the Southside Boys will get the festival going with their special Southern sassiness at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 8, on the main stage at McCombs Station. Visitors can take a walk up Main or down Peachtree Streets through the “Ven­dor and Merchants Fair” and hear the special musical performance.

Bethany will take a break at 2 p.m., and a special performance by Beth Ashmore’s dance troupe, Fancy Footwork, will delight the crowd. Performances will continue on the main stage right up until the HIOLT Christmas Parade makes its presence known at 3:30 p.m.

“With over 40 entrants, this pa­rade is set to dazzle all festival go­ers.

Also, be on the lookout for can­dy and treat bags being distributed to the youngest ones,” Putnam said.

“We want everyone to stick around after the parade for more musical talent on stage with a per­formance by the Lincoln County El­ementary School Ensemble at 5:15 p.m. These talented young voices will warm your hearts as festival goers finish last minute Christmas shopping, hug friends, family, and enjoy fully yet another Holidays In Olde Lincoln Towne,” she con­cluded.

The Chamber regrets an omis­sion from the HIOLT article in last week’s edition of this newspaper. The list of sponsors was incomplete as Georgia’s Freshwater Camp­grounds should have been recog­nized as a Silver Bell Sponsor.

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