About the Lockhart Christmas Parade

By: By Connie Porter - Contributing Columnist

Let’s talk about the Lockhart Christmas Parade, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.

All parade entries are free, and there will not be a charge for vendors. Spots will be assigned to vendors by Barry Canupp, call him at 429-7051.

The parking lot next to the playground will be reserved for handicap parking. Please be sure to have your handicap sticker in the window.

No 4 wheelers will not be allowed in the parade unless they are pulling a float.

Line up be 2 p.m., at the Lockhart School. Don’t forget to enter a float for the win.

And the big surprise this year, instead of a plaque, we will have trophies, I saw a picture of one and I have to say they are really cute and very nice. The floats will be judged on “Original”, “Best Theme” and “Most Attractive.”

I’ll be around to hand out numbers around 2 p.m., and at 2:15 p.m. the judges will be around to look at your float.

Festival Of Lights

We will be having our annual “Festival of Lights” at the Lockhart First Baptist Church right after the parade, and at that time Barry will announce the winners of the floats. We will be having songs and guest speakers, and also the school choir. I hope you come and join us.


If you have any questions you can call Barry at 864-429-7051 or me at 864-545-6652. Oh, and for those of you that have never come to one of our parades, you better bring a bag for all the candy that everyone throws out. Our parade’s always a lot of fun.

Parade Marshall

Our “Parade Marshall” this year if Annette Sutherland. She has worked for quite a few years getting our lights ready for display and putting them all out. She does this without recognition, and because she loves Christmas and Lockhart.

This is not an easy job, she has to check all the bulbs in the displays, making sure they work, and replacing them, and I believe there are over 100 bulbs in each. I didn’t realize, as all of you, what this process involves until the committee got out in the cold old town hall and helped this year. All these other years, it was just Annette, with the help of her friend, Sandy. It was warmer outside than in that building.

And Annette and Sandy always helps me with my Hospice Medihome gifts for Christmas. And before that, they would go to the nursing homes and take Christmas gifts for all the elderly. She’s just a really good person and deserves this honor.

Thanksgiving Day

I’ll just bet you’re all wondering if I behaved Thanksgiving Day. Well, I left my turkey in the store and cooked a ham, sweet potato casserole, green beans, crock pot mac and cheese, deviled eggs, tea, peach pie and sweet potato pie. YUM, YUM. But if I was a betting person, I’d just bet they’ll make me cook that turkey for Christmas.

When I was first married, I would buy one of those frozen turkey rolls. I got by with it a couple of years, then I had to cook the real thing. Well if I could get a chair in the oven I would have, cause that’s how many times I basted that turkey. By the time we sat down to eat, with my perfect Mother and Stepfather as guest, I had to go to the emergency room, I was having a nervous breakdown (I thought) about that turkey. I couldn’t stop throwing up, and my head was busting. So I think that’s why I get so uptight when I think of cooking one.

One time, when I was having my Dad and Doris over for turkey, I decided to cook it in one of those plastic bags. Well, I put it in without reading directions, and in one hour it was black. Thank goodness BiLo was open. I ran out and got another turkey and baked it proper. Never tried a bag again.

I work all the time, so I don’t have to cook everyday!! I probably could go on that cooking show, “Worst Cooks in America” with Rachael Ray and Ann Burdell. Gina says “Look Mom, there’s a show about you.”


I was hoping that we (the Town) could have gotten some of the kitchen cabinets and bathroom stuff out of one of the houses the state is having torn down, to make way for the new bridge. But Ray beat me to it.

I really would like to get the house behind Town Hall repaired so we can rent it out again. We don’t have any money, and no volunteers, so we really need to come up with a long-term plan.

Well, at least we’re seeing things getting started to build the bridge. It’s a work in progress — the bridge that is.

Black Friday

Well how many fought the crowds for Black Friday, which some started Thanksgiving night? I hope you survived and don’t get bruised up. It’s a wild shopping spree. I think I used to go out and just watch the craziness, but that must have been 30 years ago. I’ll just go to work and think about all of you. Hope you get what you went after. Really.

This is it, I’m going to say good night and please call with some news at 864-545-6652

News Around Lockhart

By Connie Porter

Contributing Columnist