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Tis the Season: Holiday events ramp up this week

The holiday season is upon us, the events calendar for Barnesville-Lamar County is brimming with events and all of them are free.

Thanksgiving Service:

The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 24 at First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Presented by the Lamar County Christian Ministerial Association, the service will feature the LCHS Ascension Choir directed by Justin Miller and the return of Lamar’s own Sam McDaniel, a gifted organist.

The FUMC bell ensemble will perform and Jeff Hayes will lead the hymns.

Pastors and lay persons taking part in the service include Rev. Mark Henson, Rev. Waylon Knight, Rev. Jimmy Lyons, Rev. Dr. Cyndi McDonald, Rev. Jason Teal, Rev. Steve Pattison, mayor Peter Banks, mayor pro tem Christopher Hightower and school superintendent Dr. Jute Wilson.

A nursery for infants and children up to three years of age will be provided and an offering to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund will be collected.

For more information, call 770.358.1994.

Illumination Celebration:

The annual lighting of Barnesville’s downtown trees will follow at 7:30 p.m., though kids are invited to decorate cookies at Sims Team Realty where the stage will be set up beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Banks will deliver a welcome and lead a prayer. Students from the Ozier School of Dance will perform and the singing of Christmas Carols will be led by Andy King and Greg Burrell.

Tanya Walker will sing ‘O Holy Night’, Yasheka Buckner will report on the Empty Stocking Fund and county commissioner Ryran Traylor will read ‘The Christmas Story’.

Santa will arrive in a fire truck and visit with children inside the Sims Team office. For more information, call 770.358.5884.

Christmas Parade:

The second annual Christmas Parade will roll through Barnesville Dec. 4. Begun last year as a COVID diversion and a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Lamar County, the parade was an instant favorite, especially among the kids.

Santa will take part in the parade as well though he is altering his mode of transportation to a tricked-out Jeep so his reindeer can rest up for the big day.

Staging will begin at 3 p.m. at the Gordon parking lots off College Drive. The parade will roll out at 6:30 p.m.

After Hours:

The annual After Hours event to benefit the Empty Stocking Fund will be held Thursday, Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at United Bank. ESF volunteers are working to provide Christmas gifts for 264 kids from 84 families.

For more information on the event and how you can help, call Glenn Forsyth at 770.468.1253.

Toys for Tots:

Southern Rivers Energy is an official drop off point for the Toys for Tots Christmas campaign. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the SRE office at 1367 Hwy. 341 S. through Thursday, Dec. 16.
For more information, call 770.358.1383.

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