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November 14, 2007

Victorian Christmas is planned
Article from The Carlisle Mercury


Saturday, December 1
The first Victorian Christmas Festival in downtown Carlisle
As the community continues to debate the future of the Blackberry Festival, local organizations are working together with members of the Nicholas County Fiscal Court to bring a new winter festival to downtown Carlisle.

The first Victorian Christmas Festival is scheduled to take place in downtown Carlisle on Dec. 1. “This will be an all day celebration,” said Gladys Shrout, one of the organizers of the event.

Some activities are still in the final stages of planning, but those approved thus far include special music will be featured from carolers, a barber shop quartet and the Nicholas County Band.

Special story-time activities will take place at the library, a gingerbread house decorating contest will be held, chestnuts will be roasting in the courthouse yard, traditional window decorations can be seen around town and a live nativity scene will also be featured.

According to Shrout, the Christian Church and Methodist Church will have deserts and snacks with the Christian Church also planning a chili supper.

A parade will come through town at 6 p.m. and after the parade Santa Claus will be available on Calvin Denton’s antique fire truck to take special Christmas requests and pose with children for photographs.

Shrout said she is deeply impressed with the dedication of people and organizations that were committing to make the festival a success, and mentioned Julie Rogers, Larry Mitchell, Beth Willoughby, Ed Taylor, Martha Taylor, Alise Brays, Carlton Jones, Karen Anderson, Kim Leger, Sharon Wilson, and many others, including members of the Nicholas County Fiscal Court, Rotary Club, Historical Society and Tourism Committee in particular.

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