Santa will ride in the parade on Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. File photo BV Cathy Benson
Buchanan Kicks Off Holiday Season With Open House & Tree Lighting This Saturday
It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Buchanan. Carmeuse Lime & Stone headed up the effort to hang the lighted decorations on the utility poles along Main Street this past week while business owners have been busy decorating the front of their stores with greens, red velvet bows and thousands of tiny clear lights in preparation of this weekend’s Christmas Open House on Friday and Saturday as well as the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday.
This past Sunday volunteers Charles Provost, Jamie Manspile, Gary & Brenda Manspile, Cody Manspile, Harry Gleason and Dale Carter joined forces to cut and raise a 16 foot tall Norway spruce next to the Buchanan Town Hall on Main Street.
The tree, a sixteen foot tall Norway Spruce was planted by Jim & Brenda following their Christmas holiday fifteen years ago. For fifteen years the couple trimmed and cared for the tree in their front yard until they decided to donate the evergreen for the community’s Christmas Tree.
Festooned with hundreds of clear lights, the tree will be the centerpiece of the Buchanan Tree Lighting Ceremony scheduled for this Saturday, November 30th at 7:00pm. As crowds gather around the Buchanan Town Hall, members of Buchanan’s Main Street churches will begin processing down the sidewalks along Main Street to circle the tree. The group will then join voices under the direction of David Austin to lead the crowd in a medley of familiar carols culminating in the official Count Down.
Avery Williams, granddaughter of Jim and Brenda Grepiotis will press the switch, turning on hundreds of clear lights dressing the Town tree announcing the arrival of the holiday season to Buchanan. Following the tree lighting, Buchanan’s downtown merchants invited the public to enjoy light refreshments being offered in the shops as well as those being served by the volunteers of the Buchanan Rescue Squad.
Downtown’s Annual Christmas Open House – Friday and Saturday, November 29& 30 – Shop, Stroll & Dine. You and your family are invited to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas. Join us Friday and Saturday for extended hours from 5PM – 9PM during the Merchant’s Christmas Open House. Enjoy carols floating on air, thousands of tiny white lights, red velvet bows and fresh evergreens decorating Buchanan’s historic Main Street buildings. Delight in the slower pace of downtown, its beautiful window displays and the hospitality of our downtown merchants. While you are here, enjoy the light refreshments being served at many of the stores including hot mulled cider and cookies.
Late Night Fridays, Friday, November 29th, December 6th & 13th – Leave the traffic and chaos behind when you shop in downtown Buchanan during Late Night Fridays. Many of your favorite shops keep the lights on and doors open each Friday from Thanksgiving through Christmas until 9PM. Shop, stroll and dine along Main Street. Rediscover shopping close to home where our merchants specialize in serving you by name, not a number. Enjoy carols and displays of tiny white lights, red velvet bows and fresh evergreens decorating Main Street historic storefronts.
Buchanan Festival of Trees – Experience Christmas through the eyes of a child. Explore the Buchanan Library on Main Street where you will find trees decorated by each grade of the Buchanan Elementary School on display from November 29th through January 1st.
Buchanan Christmas Craft Bazaar & Farmer’s Market – Dec. 14th – Explore the Buchanan Christmas Craft Bazaar in the BB& T Parking Lot on Saturday, December 14th beginning 10 am and running through 3 pm.
Buchanan Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 14th – “Rediscover an Olde Fashioned Christmas!” For more than six decades hundreds have returned to lined Buchanan’s Main Street cheering floats, marching units and bands as they announce the arrival of the Christmas Season. This year’s parade features the award winning James River High School Marching Band, dozens of marching units and floats as well as antique autos, clowns, horses and our most honored guest, old St. Nick. Line up is at 3pm with the Parade beginning at 4PM.
Candlelight Christmas Home Tour, Sunday, December 15th–The Buchanan Town Improvement Society invite you and your family to tour 5 area homes dressed in their seasons finest. From porch to parlor, each home is filled with treasures from the past and present for your viewing pleasure. Following the Tour join us at the historic Wilson Warehouse on Lowe Street for a reception. Tour 1-5PM with reception from 3-6PM. Advance tickets at the Buchanan Town Hall 254-1212 or at the door of each home on the day of the Tour.
Christmas Eve Luminary Display, Tuesday, December 24 – Buchanan has become known as the “Town that glows with love at Christmas.” Celebrating the Town’s history of Buchanan’s downtown streets are lined each Christmas Eve with hundreds of luminaries to herald the arrival of Christmas. Dozens of volunteers recreate this spectacular display by lining Main Street with luminaries made from milk jugs collected by area residents and youth. Enjoy this spectacular display as volunteers line the streets at 3PM and light luminaries at 6PM.
–submitted by Harry Gleason