First Posted: 1/15/2009
Not many towns can boast of having held a Christmas parade for half a century, especially not many small towns the size of St. Pauls.
But this little town can, thanks to its Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber’s board of directors devoted nearly all of its November meeting held last Wednesday, to finalizing its plans for the 50th annual St. Pauls Christmas Parade and other Christmas season activities.
Before the group got down to Christmas, they learned that the Teacher Appreciation Day breakfast provided for all teachers and staff at the three local schools and to Parkton School, cost $564.75. Doris McLean chaired that committee and Chamber directors and business friends, including the staff of BB&T, delivered the breakfasts.
The Chamber also learned that the social event it will hold for all Chamber members is scheduled for Monday, December 10 at TarPackers Restaurant, which will be closed to the public. The after-hours event is free and is open to all employees of every Chamber business. They are invited to drop in after work and enjoy card-swapping, food and fellowship in an informal atmosphere.
The Tree Lighting, hosted by the Town of St. Pauls, kicks off the holiday season. It will be held about dusk on Friday, November 23 at War memorial Park. The Great Marsh Baptist Church will provide the caroling and its Youth Department will serve the refreshments that the Chamber will provide. It is free.
The Parade will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 3 pm. Teresa Kashner (First Bank) is chair. Bill Millar will chair the parade lay-out and lineup committees. Line-up volunteers are needed along Old Stage Road about 1 pm.
The downtown window judging contest will take place the night before the parade, so merchants are asked to get busy decorating if they have not.
The reception to follow the parade, where Santa gets to meet local children, will be held this year at the Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church. It is free and open to all parade participants and to anyone who would like to enjoy food and fellowship. Bring your camera for that Santa photo op!
The House Tour will be held on Sunday, December 9 from 2 until 5 pm. Headquarters will be the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, where $10 tickets and maps will be available, along with refreshments.
The Chamber is in need of a Santa for its Santa House, which will be located near the Town Christmas Tree if Santa can find time to come down South. If you have a connection to Santa, please call the Chamber at 865-3890 and share that information.
Members present at the Chamber meeting were: President Eddy Covil, Rebekah Cain, Teresa Kashner, Betty Biggs, Jimmy Taylor, Suzanne McGougan-Hodge, Dickie Burchette, Libby Fereguson and Joanne Murray. Lunch was provided by Doris McLean, Florine Efird, Janice Thompson and Libby Ferguson.
The next Chamber meeting will be held on January 9, 2008.