2011-12-02 / Front Page

Carol of Lights events planned for Saturday

The Carol of Lights, Lampasas’ annual Christmas festival and one of the premier events of the Central Texas holiday season, is scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the historic downtown Courtyard Square district.

Event co-chairs Dianna Hodges and Jim Rutland said they expect a large turnout of local residents and area visitors with the numerous activities planned for the official kickoff of the Lampasas holiday season.

“Our Carol of Lights Committee has done an excellent job in planning and coordinating several activities designed to bring folks to see Lampasas,” said Rutland, a local businessman.

Mrs. Hodges, who also serves as chairman of Vision Lampasas!, emphasized that several attractions are family oriented. “There is something for everyone in the entire family during Carol of Lights.”

The daylong festival begins with the Boot Scoot Jingle 5K Run/ Walk, Kids Run and 1K Fun Run that starts at 10 a.m. at the Boot Mural at 409 S. Western St.

The race, organized by the Lampasas Independent School District Employee Wellness group, will hold check-in and registration at 9 a.m. The 5K starts at 10 a.m., and the Kids Run and 1K Fun Run start at 11 a.m.

No registration fee is required, but a $15 per family donation is suggested. Proceeds benefit the LHS Students Against Drunk Driving Chapter and the Lampasas Lions Club.

For directions and a race course map, phone 734-3991.

The Town & Country Study Club’s Christmas Bazaar will be at the Lampasas County Courthouse from 1-7 p.m.

Keystone Square Museum will host its Candy Cane Lane Gingerbread House and Christmas Tree Decorating contests. In addition, the museum will hold a bake sale from 2-7 p.m.

The annual Museum Tour of Homes is Sunday. Admission to the five homes on the tour is $7 per person.

Other festival activities include ornament making for children at the Santa House inside My Girls on East Third Street from 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday. Storytelling by Lampasas Public Library volunteers also will take place at My Girls.

Other Carol of Lights attractions include a Texas kids’ train ride, classic car exhibition, singing groups from Perception Creative Art School and First Street Church of Christ’s Hims of Praise, who will stroll the downtown area singing Christmas carols during the afternoon.

Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered by Diamond S Carriages, and members of the Lampasas High School Flames Drill Team will sell Frito pies, nachos, soft drinks and hot chocolate near the bandstand.

In conjunction with the weekend’s activities, Karen DeZarn with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will present “Cooking Well with Diabetes” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program will conclude Dec. 10 in the County Office Building’s conference room.

The day ends with the official lighting of the courthouse Christmas lights at 6 p.m. on the bandstand, followed by remarks from District 54 State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, County Judge Wayne Boultinghouse and Lampasas Mayor Jerry Grayson.

The third annual Windsor Foods Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Parade viewing begins at the intersection of Western Avenue and Second Street, with the parade route turning left on Chestnut Street and left again onto Third Street.

Parade viewing ends at the entrance to Windsor Foods, Third and Pecan streets.

Children may visit with Santa and share their Christmas wishes from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Windsor foods lobby.

This year’s parade grand marshal is Leona Gill, a longtime Windsor employee.

In addition to Mrs. Hodges and Rutland, Carol of Lights Committee members include Keystone Square Museum Board members Carol Wright, Gay Gorman and Susan Detrick; Shanda Subia, director of Lampasas Public Library; Pam Hunter and Annie Trotter of First Texas Bank; Teresa Faught and Holly Wolfe of Town & Country Study Club; T.J. Monroe; Sue Cruz, Windsor Foods human resources director; Teresa Thornton, advertising sales director for the Lampasas Dispatch Record; Jamie Jones, LISD school health director; Janet Sievers; and Buddy Southards, Diamond S Carriage Rides.

After the conclusion of events, check out video highlights on the Lampasas Dispatch Record’s Web site.

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