Kicking off the shopping season

By: By Charles Warner - [email protected]
Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Tourism Commission Director Curtiss Hunter (right) and Tourism Commission Board Member Lynda Casey-Clark place a Christmas star atop one of the Christmas trees of light that are among the decorations on Main Street in downtown Union. They were placing the star atop the tree during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21) which helps kick off the holiday shopping season in Union County.
Charles Warner | The Union Times The Tri County Express Band performed at the Union County Arts Council during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21) which helps kick off the holiday shopping season in Union. The event featured live entertainment including music, dance, and karate demonstrations as well as food, opportunities to shop for sales and specials at stores on Main Street, and even a visit from Santa Claus.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Madison Russell (left) and Larissa Horne (right) wheel a wagon full of Mary Kay Cosmetics they were selling on Main Street in downtown Union during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21). The event, which helps kick off the holiday shopping season in Union, was an opportunity for the public to shop at the stores on Main Street that evening and buy some of those presents they will be putting under the Christmas tree. In addition to the merchants of downtown Union, the event also featured sales of refreshments and other goods by churches, clubs, and other organizations as well as young entrepreneurs like these young ladies.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Ottaray Baptist Church set up a table in front of the Union Lions Club on Main Street in downtown Union to sell baked goods during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21). The church was among a number of groups to have tables at the event which helps kick off the holiday shopping season. In addition to those churches and other groups which set up tables, those who visited Main Street that evening also had the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping at the stores which stayed open for the event. Pictured are Ottaray Baptist Church Pastor Walter Holcombe and his wife, Marilyn, and church members Karen Anderson and Linda Wilson.
Charles Warner | The Union Times While the elves in his workshop at the North Pole are his main helpers, Santa Claus has helpers all over the world and that includes Union County. The Jolly Old Elf visited downtown Union last Thursday (November 21) to take part in the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” which helps kick off the holiday shopping season. Santa dropped in at TC’s Jewelers where his helpers store owner Teresa West (center) and her granddaughter, Gabby Manus (right), loaded him up with candy canes to hand out to the children who attended the Main Street Holiday Kickoff.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Santa Claus hands out candy canes to some children during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21). The event, which was held on Main Street in downtown Union, helps kick off the holiday shopping season with an evening of sales and special offered by Main Street merchants that evening. In addition to handing out candy, Santa also stopped in at Main Street Junction to pose for pictures with the children attending the event with their families.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Directed by Rodney Inman, the Monarch Elementary School Chorus performed several Christmas songs during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21) on Main Street in downtown Union. The event, which helps kick off the holiday shopping season, featured live musical performances as we all as other entertainment. During their concert, the MES Chorus performed “Jingle Bells,” ‘Winter Wonderland,” “Reindeer Rap,” and “Let It Snow.”

UNION — There was live music, there were dancers, a karate demonstration, tables full of food and other items to purchase, sales and specials in the stores, and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

What was all this, you ask?

It was the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” and it was held Thursday, November 21 on Main Street in downtown Union, the first of a series of special events that are part of the holiday season in Union County.

Christmas is now a less than a month away, a fact that means it is time to get started with your Christmas shopping if you haven’t already and that’s what the Main Street Holiday Kickoff is designed to help you do.

The merchants of Main Street kept their doors open well into the evening to accommodate the shoppers who were drawn to Main Street Holiday Kickoff for the opportunity to take advantage of the sales and specials offered by the merchants. Those that availed themselves of the opportunity to cross some things off their Christmas list found the stores of Main Street decked out for the holidays with plenty of merchandise to choose from to go under the Christmas tree.

Man and woman do not, however, live by shopping alone, especially during the holiday season, and so Main Street Holiday Kickoff offered them some other treats to make their shopping experience an even more pleasing one.

First, there was live music and dance performances by local bands, choruses, and dance studios, and there was even a live karate demonstration by a local dojo. Tables were set up by churches and other groups along Main Street with baked goods, drinks, and other items for sale.

Also, given how Christmas Day is getting closer by the minute, Main Street Holiday Kickoff also featured a visit from Santa Claus who handed out candy on the street and then went to Main Street Junction to pose for pictures.

The most special part of the evening, however, was the “Living Nativity Scene” in a storefront which provided a quiet, but powerful reminder that the birth of Jesus Christ is the true reason for the Christmas season.

On Thursday, the people of Union County, like their fellow Americans, will celebrate Thanksgiving, after which the Christmas season will begin in earnest and continue on until Christmas Day. This season, book-ended by the most quintessentially American of holidays and by one of the two most important and holiest of holy days of Christianity — the other being Easter — got off to a good start last Thursday and it is our hope and prayer that it continues to be a good and happy time for our community and all those who call Union County home.

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Tourism Commission Director Curtiss Hunter (right) and Tourism Commission Board Member Lynda Casey-Clark place a Christmas star atop one of the Christmas trees of light that are among the decorations on Main Street in downtown Union. They were placing the star atop the tree during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21) which helps kick off the holiday shopping season in Union County.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_thumbnail_20191121_183749-0-.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Union County Tourism Commission Director Curtiss Hunter (right) and Tourism Commission Board Member Lynda Casey-Clark place a Christmas star atop one of the Christmas trees of light that are among the decorations on Main Street in downtown Union. They were placing the star atop the tree during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21) which helps kick off the holiday shopping season in Union County.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The Tri County Express Band performed at the Union County Arts Council during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21) which helps kick off the holiday shopping season in Union. The event featured live entertainment including music, dance, and karate demonstrations as well as food, opportunities to shop for sales and specials at stores on Main Street, and even a visit from Santa Claus.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_thumbnail_20191121_172421.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The Tri County Express Band performed at the Union County Arts Council during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21) which helps kick off the holiday shopping season in Union. The event featured live entertainment including music, dance, and karate demonstrations as well as food, opportunities to shop for sales and specials at stores on Main Street, and even a visit from Santa Claus.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Madison Russell (left) and Larissa Horne (right) wheel a wagon full of Mary Kay Cosmetics they were selling on Main Street in downtown Union during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21). The event, which helps kick off the holiday shopping season in Union, was an opportunity for the public to shop at the stores on Main Street that evening and buy some of those presents they will be putting under the Christmas tree. In addition to the merchants of downtown Union, the event also featured sales of refreshments and other goods by churches, clubs, and other organizations as well as young entrepreneurs like these young ladies.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_thumbnail_20191121_172852.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Madison Russell (left) and Larissa Horne (right) wheel a wagon full of Mary Kay Cosmetics they were selling on Main Street in downtown Union during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21). The event, which helps kick off the holiday shopping season in Union, was an opportunity for the public to shop at the stores on Main Street that evening and buy some of those presents they will be putting under the Christmas tree. In addition to the merchants of downtown Union, the event also featured sales of refreshments and other goods by churches, clubs, and other organizations as well as young entrepreneurs like these young ladies.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Ottaray Baptist Church set up a table in front of the Union Lions Club on Main Street in downtown Union to sell baked goods during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21). The church was among a number of groups to have tables at the event which helps kick off the holiday shopping season. In addition to those churches and other groups which set up tables, those who visited Main Street that evening also had the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping at the stores which stayed open for the event. Pictured are Ottaray Baptist Church Pastor Walter Holcombe and his wife, Marilyn, and church members Karen Anderson and Linda Wilson.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_thumbnail_20191121_171310.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Ottaray Baptist Church set up a table in front of the Union Lions Club on Main Street in downtown Union to sell baked goods during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21). The church was among a number of groups to have tables at the event which helps kick off the holiday shopping season. In addition to those churches and other groups which set up tables, those who visited Main Street that evening also had the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping at the stores which stayed open for the event. Pictured are Ottaray Baptist Church Pastor Walter Holcombe and his wife, Marilyn, and church members Karen Anderson and Linda Wilson.

Charles Warner | The Union Times While the elves in his workshop at the North Pole are his main helpers, Santa Claus has helpers all over the world and that includes Union County. The Jolly Old Elf visited downtown Union last Thursday (November 21) to take part in the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” which helps kick off the holiday shopping season. Santa dropped in at TC’s Jewelers where his helpers store owner Teresa West (center) and her granddaughter, Gabby Manus (right), loaded him up with candy canes to hand out to the children who attended the Main Street Holiday Kickoff.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_thumbnail_20191121_170603.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times While the elves in his workshop at the North Pole are his main helpers, Santa Claus has helpers all over the world and that includes Union County. The Jolly Old Elf visited downtown Union last Thursday (November 21) to take part in the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” which helps kick off the holiday shopping season. Santa dropped in at TC’s Jewelers where his helpers store owner Teresa West (center) and her granddaughter, Gabby Manus (right), loaded him up with candy canes to hand out to the children who attended the Main Street Holiday Kickoff.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Santa Claus hands out candy canes to some children during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21). The event, which was held on Main Street in downtown Union, helps kick off the holiday shopping season with an evening of sales and special offered by Main Street merchants that evening. In addition to handing out candy, Santa also stopped in at Main Street Junction to pose for pictures with the children attending the event with their families.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_thumbnail_20191121_173132.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Santa Claus hands out candy canes to some children during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21). The event, which was held on Main Street in downtown Union, helps kick off the holiday shopping season with an evening of sales and special offered by Main Street merchants that evening. In addition to handing out candy, Santa also stopped in at Main Street Junction to pose for pictures with the children attending the event with their families.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Directed by Rodney Inman, the Monarch Elementary School Chorus performed several Christmas songs during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21) on Main Street in downtown Union. The event, which helps kick off the holiday shopping season, featured live musical performances as we all as other entertainment. During their concert, the MES Chorus performed “Jingle Bells,” ‘Winter Wonderland,” “Reindeer Rap,” and “Let It Snow.”
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/web1_thumbnail_20191121_171148.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Directed by Rodney Inman, the Monarch Elementary School Chorus performed several Christmas songs during the “Main Street Holiday Kickoff” this past Thursday (November 21) on Main Street in downtown Union. The event, which helps kick off the holiday shopping season, featured live musical performances as we all as other entertainment. During their concert, the MES Chorus performed “Jingle Bells,” ‘Winter Wonderland,” “Reindeer Rap,” and “Let It Snow.”
On Main Street in downtown Union

By Charles Warner

[email protected]

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.