Full Schedule of Events for Christmas Season
A wealth of events and activities are scheduled for the coming weeks, as the region swings into the holiday season.
Supper with Santa
The Piggott High School Band Boosters will be hosting “Supper with Santa” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. The popular holiday event will be held at the Piggott Community Center, and all are welcome to attend. The fundraiser for the band program will include a chili supper, silent auction and photos with Santa Claus. There will also be entertainment by the PHS Swingin' Mohawk Jazz Band and a special performance by the Mohawk Alumni Jazz Band.
Organizers note admission is $5 per person, with kids age three and under admitted for free. Pictures with Santa are available for $3 each. Advance tickets may be purchased by contacting Leiann Allman at 870 324-4297, and tickets will be available at the door.
Rector Community Museum Events
The staff of the Rector Community Museum recently announced its calendar of events for the month of December. Now located at 310 Main Street in Rector, the museum is offering a number of events for various ages for the holiday season. The first event is set for 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, with “Night at the Museum.” During the event, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children and parents are encouraged to take photos. Children in pajama outfits (optional) are encouraged to participate with their parents and/or grandparents. Of course, no event with Santa is complete without cookies, coloring pages and ornaments.
Also on that night, the Festival of Trees will be open and festive trees will be offered for sale to the highest bidder in a silent auction. These table-top trees stand four-feet high and have been decorated by local designers. Themes include the Nativity, cotton and farming, Cougars, Blackcats and more.
The silent auction for these trees is being held as a fundraiser for the museum. Also available will be the 2018 Rector Christmas Ornament, the first in the series depicting Rector’s history.
Rector’s Christmas Parade and Open House is set for Dec. 13, and the museum will be open from 2 p.m. until the parade begins at 6. The Festival of Trees and ornament sales will also continue on that date.
Saturday, Dec. 15, will be the last day the museum will be open prior to the Christmas holidays. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on that date, and the high bidder for each of the trees in the festival will be contacted.
The museum board also reports they will be hosting a grand opening in January. They also noted donations are always welcome, and appreciated. The public is also encouraged to check out the museum's website at www.rectormuseum.com
Piggott Christmas Fest and 12 Days of Christmas
Recently, the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce announced an expansion of its annual Christmas Fest program to include the 12 Days of Christmas. Spanning the days between Christmas Fest and the holiday, a number of special events and performances are on tap.
Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, the chamber will host the annual Christmas Fest on the square in downtown Piggott. In keeping with tradition, the event will culminate with the annual Piggott Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. Afterward, the first of the special events will be held as the Piggott City Marker will be hosting a public reading of Christmas stories. The public is invited, and encouraged to attend the reading—which will also serve to kick-off a schedule which runs through Friday, Dec. 21.
“We have events and special efforts going on each day, hosted by a different business or entity,” chamber secretary Jan Glover said.
Following the Christmas Fest, the next offering will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, as the Treasure Chest will host a special children's event featuring the Giving Manger and Elf on the Shelf programs.
The next event will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, as the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum hosts the reading of children's stories at the Piggott Public Library.
From 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, Pearl's Auction House will host a children's Christmas movie at their location at 180 South Thornton Avenue, behind Fred's. In keeping with the theme, the movie will be the holiday classic “Home Alone.”
The fun will continue at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, as Madpie's, on the west side of the square, will host a visit from the Grinch, and will share the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, Blue Sky Storehouse, on the east side of the square, will host readings for children and treats for the kids.
Set to begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center, will host Father Christmas' Stories of Christmas at the Piggott City Market. Fresh baked goods and other treats will also be provided to those attending.
The Inn at Piggott will also host a pair of mother-daughter princess tea parties, set to begin at 4 p.m on both Monday, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 18. A very limited number of tickets will be available for $10 per person, and may be purchased at the Piggott City Market.
An open house at the Inn at Piggott will also be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. During the open house there will be an Ice Princess program for the children, set to begin around 5. The Princess will also present her program at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Piggott City Market.
Beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, Piggott State Bank will host a children's program at Front Street Pizza, located on the northwest corner of the square. Free pizza and other treats will be available for the children during the event, courtesy of PSB.
At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, Front Street Pizza will also be hosting the Emmanuel Baptist Church's production of A Living Christmas Story. Free pizza, and other treats for the children, will also be available.
The 12 Days of Christmas effort will conclude the evening of Friday, Dec. 21, at Southern Traditions, located on the northeast corner of the square. The offering will include the program “T'was the Night Before Christmas” and a special guest appearance by Santa Claus. Organizers noted free treats will also be provided for children attending.
Those wanting additional information on the events may contact the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce during regular business hours by calling 870 598-3167.
CCAC Holiday Tour of Homes
The board of directors of the Clay County Arts Council recently announced the return of a popular holiday offering as they'll be hosting the Holiday Home Tours in the weeks to come. Organizers report three homes in the Piggott area will be showcased in the event, which is set for 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Each of the homes will be decorated for the Christmas season, and refreshments will be served at each of the three locations. Included this year is the new home of Dr. Randy and Cindy McComb, along with the home of Kyle and Christina Cox in its holiday finery. In addition, the Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Museum, an historic craftsman style house on the Pfeiffer estate, will also be decorated for the season and hosting a stop on the tour. This stop is being hosted by Claire Rouse and Julie Mobley, daughters of Don and Janet Roeder.
Tickets are $15 each, and include all three of the homes. They're currently on sale at The Nest, Madpies and Piggott City Market in Piggott along with the Rector Water Office at Rector City Hall. Tickets may also be purchased at the homes, which will be accepted at all three sites. Maps will also be provided with pre-sale tickets.
The public is encouraged to make plans to attend, and organizers noted all proceeds will support the Clay County Arts Council's work in supporting the arts throughout Clay County.
Rector Christmas Parade and Open House
Last minute plans are now complete for the upcoming Rector Christmas Parade and Reception, set to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13. Once again this year the parade will begin on North Main, and make its way to the Rector Community Center for the traditional holiday reception. Included will be musical performances, hot chocolate and cookies and a visit by Santa Claus—who'll be available for photos. The event is sponsored each year by the Rector Area Chamber of Commerce, and a prize will be awarded to the best float. Those wanting additional information may contact Kim Romine at 870 595-3035.