Archive for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Light Parade looking for more entrants

November 22, 2006

Although Thanksgiving hasn't arrived yet, Monte Ezell and the rest of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission are already planning Christmas activities.

Ezell, the BCRC director, has been working hard to find entries for the annual Light Parade that runs through downtown Dec. 3.

"We only have like nine or 10 entries," Ezell said. "We've got several calls out and we've been talking to people. Traditionally the way it's been done is several entries show up Sunday afternoon. We are trying to get ahead of that a little bit so that we have a better idea of what's going on. If the weather is nice that weekend, we may have several that just show up."

This year's parade theme is "A picture perfect Christmas." Ezell said the BCRC has an idea of what the floats might resemble to follow the theme.

"We are looking for sort of an old-fashioned look, but that's only a guideline for the parade," Ezell said.

He said there will be the usual fire trucks in the parade, along with a horse-drawn carriage and wagon. He also knows of many walkers that will be participating in the light parade.

"We have two groups of walkers that are going to be in it," Ezell said. "They have to come up with a light of some sort, even if it's a flashlight with a green lens on it or something."

The parade will once again begin at the corner of Eighth and Chapel streets. It will then head south down Eighth Street, go east on High Street, north on Sixth Street and west on Chapel Street.

Ezell said the route is the same, but he hopes to have some of the parade entries on display after its over.

"We are going to start at the same place," Ezell said. "I think we are going to have some of the entries park further down High Street toward the library so people can look at them afterwards. We are hoping to put the three winners on display in the vacant lot between the lumberyard (arts center) and the post office."

After the parade finishes, the annual tree lighting ceremony will take place downtown. Santa will light the Christmas tree located at the corner of Eighth and High streets.

One new event to the evening this year will be the scavenger hunt. It will begin that night also and is open to anyone who purchases a tool kit.

"It's a photo scavenger hunt," Ezell said. "Any business in the Baldwin City area that wants to get involved will decorate, so that it's visible from the street. The idea is to get lights out in the business district. They have to pick something in their store or shop that's unique to them to get a picture taken."

Stacy's Dance Studio will also be performing downtown before the parade. The Lumberyard Arts Center Project will be serving hot chocolate all evening.

Several downtown businesses will be open that night. Stacy's Dance Studio will be holding its annual Santa Workshop for children in the front portion of the studio this year.

The workshop is held for children who are looking for gifts for their relatives for Christmas. It is sponsored by the Baldwin City Tap and Jazz Company.

"It's always a lot of fun," Stacy Carrington of Stacy's Dance Studio said. "It's a chance for the dancers to perform and it's a big fundraiser for the tap and jazz company.

The light parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3.

Anyone that wants to enter in the parade can contact the BCRC at 594-3670.

"We are encouraging folks just to be involved, obviously with as much lights as possible," Ezell said.

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