Suwannee Democrat

December 8, 2012

On tap tonight

Suwannee Democrat

Live Oak — Village Church in Dowling Park - Christmas Cantata

The Village Church in Dowling Park will present its annual Christmas Cantata - God Speaks “Word of the Father now in flesh appearing.”

For more than 35 years, this musical has drawn people from North Florida and South Georgia. This is an intergenerational event, with a cast and production crew of over 75 children, teens and adults, combining in drama and singing to capture the Christmas story in a fresh new way each year. A three-octave handbell choir is also featured along with trumpets, guitar, percussion, piano and organ. If you want to begin your Christmas season with an inspirational music and worship experience, please join us. All are welcome.

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets for this year’s program can be obtained at no cost for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances at the Village Church office (386-658-5344) or at The Music Center in Live Oak. Tickets are not required for the Sunday morning performance.

Branford’s Christmas Festivities 

The Branford Area Inter-Church Ministries is hosting the 2012 Annual Branford Christmas Festival and evening parade.

BAICM is comprised of nine local churches and through this joint-effort, are putting on the festival and parade. Everyone is invited to the festivities.

There will be vendors

Floats which keep to the theme of "Keeping Christ in Christmas" will be judged for prizes. All floats may enter, but only those keeping with the theme will be judged.

The parade route

Line up is at 5 p.m. at the Branford High School football field and the parade begins at 6 p.m. The parade will travel west on Governor Street, (Don Odom Drive) to Drane Street. It will turn North on Drane and go up to Scaff's market where it will then turn back west to Suwannee Avenue (US 129). From there, it will proceed south on Suwannee Avenue to Murray's Cove Restaurant (Formerly Nell's) and it turns east and will end at Hatch Park.

Sweets N the Streets in Jasper

The Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Jasper will celebrate their Sweets N the Streets Festival on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in downtown Jasper. Many offerings of "holiday goodies" and all kinds of homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and other confections will be on sale and "for sample" for festival goers. This is sure to be a truly "sweet" way to start your holiday season. Festivities get underway at 10 a.m. that morning. Lots of musical entertainment, arts and crafts and all kinds of holiday items will be featured at this event. The Festival will be "topped off" with the Jasper Christmas Parade commencing about dusk. Come out and celebrate a truly sumptuous and sweet holiday event in Jasper, Florida. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

Old Fashioned Christmas parade in Mayo

the Old Fashioned Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. First prize is $100, second prize is $75 and third place gets $50.
Linda Partney from the Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce is the chair of the Christmas Parade committee this year and she was successful in getting some changes made to the parade route, blessed by the Mayo town council and the Lafayette County Board of County Commissioners.

“The theme is going to be Old Fashioned Christmas,” said Partney. “It’s kind of all inclusive. Anyone can be judged, including walking troupes like the band and the Shriners, not just the religious floats."

In past years the parade route down Main Street always ended at Veterans Memorial Park. Partney said with limited lighting the park is quite dark, which makes it difficult to hold events there after the parade ends. Her suggestion to have the parade initially follow the same route, but then continue to the right by Lafayette State Bank, then back up Bloxham Street and over to Courthouse Square was approved.

Santa’s mule-drawn sleigh where kids can get photos will then be in an area that is lit up with Christmas decorations and other suitable lighting, making for a more festive and safe place for all the children.