UNION COUNTY — The Christmas season in Union County continues to move into high gear this week with a holiday-related tour of local homes and a local church and Christmas parades in Jonesville and Union.
Jonesville Christmas Parade
The weekend’s activities gets under way in the Town of Jonesville which will have a series of Christmas events Saturday afternoon including its annual Christmas parade.
The afternoon’s festivities get under way three hours of musical performances that will begin at noon and continue until the beginning of the parade at 3 p.m.
The parade will begin on and travel along Pacolet Street and then cross the bridge onto Main Street. It will then continue along Main Street and end at First Baptist Church. Betty Harvey and Kevin Brewington will serve as parade marshals.
There will also be a float contest with first, second, and third place cash prizes awarded.
The parade route will be lined by vendors who will have food and other items for sale.
After the parade, there will be the lighting of the town Christmas tree next to the Jonesville Municipal Complex.
Children who attend the afternoon’s events will be for a treat as Santa Claus will be dropping in at the complex cafeteria to pose for pictures with them and present them with small gifts.
Another treat for the children will be a kids area with a bounce house and slides on the old football field behind the complex.
In addition, the Jonesville Christmas Parade Committee is selling “Half and Half” raffle tickets. The proceeds from the raffle will be divided between the winner and a local charity. The tickets may be purchase at WT’s of Jonesville, The Cafe, Jonesville Municipal Complex, and Linda’s Beauty Salon on Main Street.
The public is also invited to make donations to Toys for Tots by placing them in a box at Lind’s Beauty Salon.
For more information about the parade and related activities call Tracy Smith of the Jonesville Christmas Parade Committee at 864-673-9191.
Christmas Tour of Homes
The weekend’s activities continue Saturday with Union County Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Tour of Homes from 4-7 p.m.
This year’s tour is the second one sponsored by the foundation which uses the funds generated from the event to help purchase equipment for the Union Hospital District. The funds raised through the 2012 tour were used to help purchase a Cardiovascular Diagnostic Stress Testing System Wallace Thomson Hospital. The funds from this year’s tour will be used to help purchase a new ambulance for the Union County EMS.
The 2012 tour featured six stops including the Cross Keys House, Meador Home, Hill Home, Nicholson Mansion, First Baptist Church, and Wallace Thomson Hospital.
The stops on this year’s include four private homes — the Gibson Home, the Martin Home, the J. Hay Fant House, the Dawkins House —and one church —the Episcopal Church of the Nativity.
Tickets for the tour are $15 per person and can be purchased Wallace Thomson Hospital, WBCU Radio Station, Paradise Home Center, Midway BBQ, and Lockhart Cafe.
Union Christmas Parade
The celebrations continue Sunday with the Union Christmas Parade which begins at 3 p.m., if the weather permits.
Renee Alexander, assistant to the director of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, said that parade organizers are keeping a close eye on the weather because of the possibility of rain. She said that if it is rains the parade will be postponed until a later date and the public notified of the postponement.
“Should it rain, we will make an announcement at one o’clock Sunday,” Alexander said Thursday afternoon. “You can get this message through the Union Daily Times and WBCU. It will be on our website (unionsc.com) and on our answering machine here at the office. If by some chance it is canceled, we have a rain date for December 15.”
If the parade goes on as scheduled Sunday, Alexander said the following groups have signed up to participate:
• The Union County High School Marching Band
• Ray Parham and the Voices of Truth
• Diamond Krushers
• New Hope AME Zion Church
• James Chapel Baptist Church
• Maple Ridge Baptist Church
• Antioch AME Church
• New Emanuel Baptist Church
• Hejaz Warriors of the Shrine Club
• Janice Patrick — Clown
• Ray Petit of WRAP Enterprise in Pacolet
• Trans-South Wrestling
• Ultimate Rhythm Dance Company
• Miss Elaine’s Dance Company
• Twist and Shout
• The Dance Academy
• The Union County Recreation Department Vikings
• USC Union
• Union Karate Center
• Sims Middle School Step Team
• Horses from Sunset Farm
• Love Lighthouse Ministries
• Gregory’s Roofing
• AmeriCredit Loans
• Mon Aetna Baptist Church
• Miracle League of Union County
This year’s parade will have four parade marshals including two businesses — Haemonetics, Wade’s Employment Agency — one cultural group — the Union County Arts Council — and one individual — Roger Bailey.
As in previous years, there will be a contest for the Best Decorated Float with first, second, and third place prizes awarded. There will also, however, be a contest for the Best Golf Cart with the winner awarded a prize.
For more information about the Union Christmas Parade contact the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 864-427-9039 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com.