Three parades and a Bostic Christmas event
FOREST CITY — Three Christmas parades, a Bostic Christmas event, the production of "A Hillbilly Christmas" and a community a carol sing are among holiday events this weekend.
Beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, the Bostic Lincoln Center is hosting its annual Christmas Open House.
"A Hillbilly Christmas Carol" by LeRoma Eshbach Greth presented by Rutherford Community Theatre and CEO/Artistic Director Les Beale will be performed at the fire station. The Christmas comedy in one act is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill.
The performance is free, but donations will be accepted.
Across the street at the Bostic Lincoln Center, there will be a display showcasing a recent acquisition of miniature toy soldiers given to the museum by Walter Walulewicz.
At 4:30 pm a musical program will be provided by First Baptist Church Adult and Children Choirs directed by Kim Earle and special selections by Mike Campfield and Nancy Clay.
There will be prizes and refreshments and Santa will visit the children beginning at 5 p.m.
Several parade guests planned in Rutherfordton
RUTHERFORDTON — There will be several floats walking down Main Street in Spindale and Rutherfordton are among highlights of the parades that kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Spindale.
Although the parade units for the two towns are the same, the grand marshals are selected for the individual towns.
Former Spindale mayor Jack Metcalf will lead the parade in Spindale, followed by a host of other entries including the R-S Central and East Rutherford High School marching bands; commercial floats, scouts, youth, school groups, senior citizens, antique cars, dance groups and the usual line up of emergency vehicles.
When the parade units reconvene for the Rutherfordton parade beginning at 5 p.m.
The Christmas parade is the grand finale event for the town of Rutherfordton's 225th year-long birthday celebration and leading the parade are the committee chairs, John and Frankie McWhorter. The McWhorters are riding in the honor car as grand marshals. Throughout the year, the couple has been instrumental in leading the anniversary events.
Since the parade doesn't kick off until 5 p.m., much of the parade route will be under the lights of the Christmas decorations along Main Street.
The Rutherford Outdoor Coalition's esquestrian group will also be featured in the parade.
A Carol Sing
RUTHERFORDTON — Once the streets are cleared in Rutherfordton, the Rutherford County Historical Society will open the doors of historic St. John’s Church, 316 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton, for an evening of sing-a-long Christmas carols and other instrumental holiday music beginning at 7 p.m. The historic church, completed in 1848, will be decorated for the season.The program will begin with the official lighting of the Society’s Christmas tree.
Ellenboro parades starts Sunday at 3 p.m.
ELLENBORO — The Ellenboro Christmas parade begins at 3 p.m. Sunday and will follow the US 74B route through town, beginning at Hollis Road intersection and concluding at Bethel Baptist Church.
N.C. House Rep. Mike Hager will ride in the honor car as grand marshal, followed by a host nearly 70 entries, including the East Rutherford High School Band, senior citizens, scout groups, church groups, floats, antique cars and the usual flow of emergency vehicles.
It's not too late to join the Ellenboro parade, said Town Alderman Sandra Weeks. Call her at 453-8932.
"Come on down and join us," Weeks said, invited others to march along with the townspeople and guests.