Jefferson decked out to greet the holidays


Andy Garrison pulls garland from the back of a pickup truck as volunteers worked Monday morning to decorate the bridge with lights, garland and wreaths.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Jefferson – just in time for the holiday festivities this weekend.

Main Street Jefferson director Beth Laughinghouse and her crew of volunteers put the finishing touches on downtown festive look with the lighted garland and wreaths on the bridge.

Assisting Laughinghouse in the effort on Tuesday morning was Councilman Roy Plott, Mac Gramley, Andy Garrison, Ed Thompson, Joe Rizzico, Guy Dean Benson, J.B. Benson, Mary Gramley and Bob Stites.

On tap for festivities in Jefferson:

On Friday, Nov. 30, Santa Claus will be making his way into downtown Jefferson on a horse-drawn carriage. Photos with Santa will be available at the Pendergrass Store, part of the museum, after his 5:30 p.m. arrival. Color 5×7 inch photographs will be available for $7.50 or parents can use their own cameras to get a photo for $5.

The Friends of the Jefferson Library will host the third annual Jefferson Public Library Speed Read 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Civic Center. The entry fee is $15 per pre-registered participant and $40 per family of four. New this year will be a one mile Junior Jog for kids. All pre-registered participants will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. Entry forms can be picked up at the library or go to or Call the library at 706-367-8012.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Crawford W. Long Museum invites children ages 5-12 to participate in a miniature gingerbread house workshop from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $5 for museum members or $7 for nonmembers.

Holiday magic abounds at the Crawford Long Museum with a temporary exhibit documenting the history of Christmas traditions before and during the Civil War. This exhibit will run until Jan. 31, 2013.

Also on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m., the annual Jefferson Christmas parade will wind its way through downtown Jefferson.

On Sunday, the Jefferson Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Jefferson are sponsoring a Candlelight Tour of Historic Jefferson Churches. The tour starts at 5p.m. Transportation will be provided starting from the First Baptist Church of Jefferson. Guests are asked to arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.

Churches on the tour are:  Academy Baptist; First Baptist; First Christian; First Methodist; First Presbyterian; Paradise A.M.E.; Sardis Presbyterian; and St. Paul’s First Baptist.

“These churches all have a wonderful history and have been so gracious to allow us to tour their facilities,” said Laughinghouse. “Several of the churches are over 100 years old and you will hear of their humble beginnings during the tour.”

Proceeds from the event will be used for the on going projects of the DDA and Main Street such as Curry Creek Park, improvements to downtown Jefferson (plantings, banners and signage) and a façade grant program for businesses located in the central business district of Jefferson.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased by Jefferson City Hall, PrissEllie’s, Crawford W. Long Museum.

Decorate Jefferson for holidays

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