Christmas Events Set for Saturday

Thursday, December 6, 2018
With the chance of snow in the forecast for Saturday, Santa Claus should feel right at home at this year's Piggott Christmas Fest. Pictured is the old elf as he took part in last year's parade.
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A number of events will be held Saturday in conjunction with the holiday season. Actually, the Piggott Band Booster's Supper With Santa will kick things off Friday evening at the community center.

Meanwhile, the annual Christmas Fest will be held Saturday and the Rector Community Museum has an event set for that night. Saturday also marks the beginning of the 12 Days of Christmas in Piggott, and a fundraiser is being held at the MFA location east of Piggott as well. All the details may be found in this week's print edition of the CCTD.

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 this week's Christmas Fest and the final weekend before the holiday, a number of special events and performances have been planned. All of the events are open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend. The schedule is slated to begin in conjunction with this Saturday's annual Christmas Fest, held on the downtown square in Piggott.

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 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 Market 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 Saturday's Christmas Fest and reading, 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 Treasure Chest is located on the north side of the square.

That will be followed-up with the next event, to 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.

The next event in the 12 days of special observances will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, as 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 is scheduled to 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.

The holiday offerings continue beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, as Blue Sky Storehouse, on the east side of the square, will host holiday 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 depot on Main Street. 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. These two events are the only ones which require tickets, while all the other events are free of charge and no tickets are required.

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 Ice Princess will also present her program at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Piggott City Market.

The fun continues beginning at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, as 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 also be available for the children during the event, courtesy of Piggott State Bank.

More holiday fun is set to begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, as 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.

RCM Open House

The Rector Community Museum will be hosting a special holiday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 8. The effort is part of several events planned to please the young and old alike. According to museum officials, Santa and Mrs. Claus have notified them they will drop by the location, at 310 Main Street, during the event. “We are looking forward to seeing children, and their parents or grandparents, this coming Saturday,” they added.

The museum board has planned several activities for children including coloring pages and make-an-ornament. The ornament may be taken home or placed on the museum’s tree located near the beautiful mantel and fireplace, a perfect location for pictures. Children will receive treats from Santa “like we got in the good-ole days,” said a museum board member.

Chrissy Pazanowski will be dropping by the museum during the event to share a few Christmas songs and lead a crowd-friendly sing-a-long. Adults will be treated to hot spiced tea and a chance to whisper a wish to Santa, too.

Rector’s first Christmas Ornament for 2018 will be available for purchase beginning on Saturday at the museum. This first ornament’s theme is Rector’s Railroad History based on the fact the town’s 1887 settlement is directly tied to the arrival of the railroad. Based on a consensus of public ideas, the Christmas Ornament for 2019 will be the second in a series of ornaments based on Rector’s history.

The final part of the celebration on Saturday is called Festival of Trees and will debut at the museum. The festival will feature small, four-foot, table top Christmas trees which have been decorated by area designers. They will be offered for sale through silent auction with the winning bid for each announced at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

“The purpose of the silent auction for Christmas trees is to raise funds for the Rector Community Museum,” a board member noted. “Bid early, bid often bid high.”

Organizers of the auction noted the winners of the trees could enjoy them in their own homes or give them as gifts to favorite friends. Tree themes include the Nativity, Rector Blackcats, Rector Cougars, Rector Sportswear Factory, an Old-Fashioned Christmas, and Rector Farming/Cotton tree. Decorators include Debi Boyd, Cherie Kirklin, Cathy Louder with a special touch by Michelle Haley, Debbie Robinson, Kim Romine and Heather Simmons.

The museum will also be observing special holiday hours allowing people to come by to see new display areas, purchase gift items and Christmas ornaments for Rector-lovers everywhere.

Those wanting more information about the museum, or wanting to make a donation, may visit them online at www.rectormuseum.com or visit the museum's Facebook page. Those wanting to plance an out-of-town order for items may email janegatewood@centurylink.net

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