Happy Holidays, Greene County!

One of the best things about Greene County is the first weekend in December – when residents of all ages from all walks of life come together to ring in the Holiday Season all weekend long.

This year that weekend begins at 5 pm Saturday when the Town of Stanardsville bursts into life with pre-Parade of Life events: Kairos Effect serenades the gathering crowds with its bluesy, folk-flavored music, the Grinch steals Christmas on a big screen on the Lafayette Inn patio, and youngsters put their agility to the test in the Moon Bounce across the way.

While the forecast is calling for a sunny day with a high of 56 and no chance of rain, Grace Episcopal Church will be handing out hot chocolate to those who need to warm the chill that is sure to come with dusk.

And then, at 6 pm the more than 80 participants that make up this year’s Parade of Lights will start making their way down Main Street. Santa will be pulling up the rear on his way to Town Hall, where the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place, and he settles down to hear the Christmas wishes of children young and old.

At 7:30 the Deane’s Gospel Bluegrass Band begins its Annual Christmas Concert at the William Monroe High School Performing Arts Center, complete with door prizes, and maybe a surprise or two.

And then it’s home to bed, to sleep off the excitement, to rise in a more serious mode for church, maybe Sunday dinner, and then the Greene County Singers Christmas Concert at the Stanardsville United Methodist Church at 3 pm, or 7 pm.

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