By FARAH BOHANNON
The Jefferson Fall Fun Fest was hosted this year in downtown Jefferson for the first time and the highlight of the event was the pumpkin carving contest.
Pumpkins were carved into a variety of different shapes and Halloween-inspired pictures and the pumpkins were divided into three categories — adult, junior and pee wee — for the “judging.” Each pumpkin had a cup into which voters could place their quarters. Each vote was one quarter.
After all the coins were counted on Monday and vendor fees and Radio Flyer Cyclone raffle were tallied, the amount raised for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Jackson County totaled more than $500. See the winners listed below. Continue reading Pumpkin pride: Jefferson Fall Fun Fest is showcase for carving talents
By FARAH BOHANNON
Haints and Saints 2014 rehearsal
Local figures from the Civil War to the early 20th century are telling their stories this week as the Crawford Long Museum Association and Jefferson Community Theatre presents the third annual Haints and Saints cemetery tour Oct. 24-26.
Tommy Benton is portraying G.J.N. Wilson with Jani Taylor sharing her sorrow as Mary Jane Patrick, a widow of a Civil War soldier. James Mauldin, who returned from the War Between the States to live out his days in Jefferson, is being portrayed by Dr. James Jackson.
Scenes captured by LeAnne Akin during the Oct. 19 dress rehearsal appear in the gallery below. Continue reading Haints & Saints: Cemetery tour focuses on people from Jefferson’s past
The Fall Fun Fest will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18,on the South Public Square in Jefferson with a pumpkin carving contest as the highlight of the event. There is no charge to enter, so invite friends and family to join in on the fun. Participants can bring in their own carved pumpkin to enter the contest or they can carve one for free at Jefferson Drugs and submit it to the contest.
Judges for the pumpkin carving contest will include the Fall Fun Fest guests, so anyone who attends the event is eligible. This event will also include face painting, inflatable bouncers, balloon animals, food and drink, kids’ activities and much more. For more information, visit www.jeffdrug.com.
October’s Movie on the Green will take place later that evening when the sun sets, and the movie will be “The Haunted Mansion.” However, prior to the movie, there will be a costume contest for all with some pretty great prizes for the winners. Activities start at 8 p.m. The big screen will be set up behind Regions Bank drive through on the hill. There are no bad seats.
Boys and Girls Club members work on pumpkins
Right to Hike, Inc. will donate five emergency phones to the Town of Braselton and the cities of Lilburn, Lawrenceville and Suwanee as well as the campus of Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville on Oct. 18 in concurrence with Ella’s 5K and One Mile Fun Run/Walk and Festival.
Each recipient will place an emergency phone tower in an outdoor space that will benefit their community.
“We are so grateful to be selected as a recipient this year. Gwinnett Medical Center associates and visitors will benefit for years to come because of the generous investment Right to Hike is making to safety,” says Jason Chandler, president of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation.
Right to Hike, Inc. was founded to honor the life of Meredith Hope Emerson who lost her life while hiking in the North Georgia Mountains on New Year’s Day 2008. Emerson was a Buford resident who loved the outdoors, her black lab Ella and the community. One of the main goals of the non-profit is to continue the things Meredith loved most in life and strive to make the outdoors a safer place. The donation of emergency cell phone towers on trail systems and outdoor parks is one way the organization fulfills its mission. Continue reading Town of Braselton will get emergency phone at Ella’s 5K