What a wonderful way to showcase our town! Christmas in Davidsonhad a marvelous run this year with perfect weather for strolling, shopping, eating, visiting and even voting for your favorite decorated Christmas tree.
Three nights of the sights and sounds of Christmas in Davidson meant talking to lots of visitors, asking about their impression of our annual event and of course, reminding them to look for their faces on DavidsonNews.net. Some photos may run in the website’s “scrapbook of scenes,” but a few deserve special Around Davidson mention. And no holiday season reporting is complete without a mention of the Evergreen Court lights at The Pines.
[See below for a gallery of Brenda's photos as well as those by DavidsonNews.net's other photographers and friends.]
TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES
A stop at the DCPC Congregation House to view the beautiful crafts found Frank Worden holding down a spot on the aptly named “Husband’s Bench” just outside the shopping area. Happy to have found a place to rest for a few minutes while in charge of his wife’s red tote, he said he had learned patience in 53 years of marriage to Muriel. The Wordens moved to Cornelius 11 years ago and love the area enough to consider a future move possibly to The Pines. We caught Frank’s happy smile on the first evening of Christmas in Davidson.
What would our village be without Village Inn owner Gordon Clark sporting his khaki Bermuda shorts and top hat while he pedals people around Davidson? One of his first customers last Thursday was Becky McIntyre of Mooresville and her daughter, Bailey (6). Becky had always wanted a ride in Gordon’s pedicab and could not stop beaming at this chance to see our town “up close and personal” with her daughter. (See photo in the photo gallery below.)
POPLETS FOR SALE
Stopping by Jane Ellithorpe’s art display on the Village Green, we found daughter, Jennifer Ellithorpe of Charlotte, who had made the trip to Davidson to help with the sale of Poplets to benefit the American Heart Association. Jennifer had the idea of these handmade bracelets called Poplets and made them with the help of her godchildren, twins Seriann and Samara Paquette of Mooresville. These 11year old girls are the daughters of Jenny and Dave Paquette. Jenny and Jennifer were best friends while students at East Carolina University and see one another often.
The twins were having a wonderful time at Christmas in Davidson as well as raising money for a good cause since one of the girls has needed heart surgery. Thanks to Jennifer for her support with this creative idea.
PIXIE CHICKS FACE PAINTING
Meet Nate Lima, son of Rich and Heather Lima, who was visiting Christmas in Davidson for the first time. The family moved to River Run just two months ago and wanted to see what was going on in town bringing so many people to Main Street. Stopping at the front lawn of The Needlecraft Center, Nate sat patiently while Amy Harris, a face painter whose card reads “The Pixie Chicks,” transformed the face of this four year old into Spiderman! What a great combination with Batman on his toboggan and Spidey on his face. We welcome the Lima family to Davidson!
GOING TO THE DOGS
So glad to have the Doggie Fashion Show back on the library stage. An interesting group of dogs strolled one by one to the microphone to be interviewed by our local veterinarian, Dick Hay. The very first entry, weighing probably less than ten pounds, and named “Bear,” begged for an interview with DavidsonNews.net.
It turns out that this tiny bundle of joy came from the Iredell County Animal Shelter and is classified as a “Morkiepoo.” That’s right, part Maltese, part Yorkie and part Poodle. Hmmm…is the AKC paying attention? Bear has been a member of the Daugherty household in Davidson for four months. Logan Daugherty (11) had a bright green holiday outfit for Bear and was thrilled to be showing him in his very first fashion show. Mom Tabetha and Dad Phillip are just as delighted to have this charming Morkiepoo for a pet.
(Check back on our Pets & Animals page on Tuesday for a photo gallery from the Doggie Fashion Show.)
SANTA ON A STICK
The Village Store was full of shoppers each evening during Christmas in Davidson. A perfect Kodak moment came when we found three young women from Cornelius trying out a Christmas first called “Santa on a Stick.” Shelly Divito, Carly Pasell and Janeen Hicks came to town to attend the Davidson Community Player’s holiday production and decided to stroll Main Street following the show. They had never been to Christmas in Davidson and were finding lots to do as they browsed the shops and food booths.
A HOLIDAY BOOK
Author Bill Turner of Cornelius was signing his book at Main Street Books on Friday evening. He graduated from Furman some years ago with journalism major and always wanted to publish a book. Annually he told a tale to his children and grandchildren about a “Christmas that Almost Wasn’t” and at their urging, contacted Cathy Warren Brophy about possible publication of this family story.
The paperback book is now a reality through Cathy Warren Publishing and illustrated by Jeanne Kendall. First published in 2009, it is available now for $10.95 at Main Street Books. This is Bill’s first book and a charming Christmas story. Asked how he felt about the process of getting his story into print, he replied without hesitation that it was a “grand experience.”
LIGHTING UP THE PINES
Residents of The Pines had a holiday celebration on Friday evening that has become a tradition. Eleven years ago Chuck Lineberry organized the residents of Evergreen Court (eight cottages on a cul-de-sac at The Pines) to get out strings and strings and strings of lights to decorate the outdoor landscaping of the court. This year on Dec. 2 at 7:15 p.m., more than 70 residents and staff gathered for a Christmas program: a welcome by Chuck Lineberry, a reading from the Bible by John Monahan, and a prayer by Whit Whitney before the signal was given to ”light up” the court.”
Refreshments of fruitcake and hot, spirited libations were offered while music was provided by Jean Berg and Annette Kreider on the keyboard as well as Bettie Casey on her concertina. The annual contest was won by Billie Thomason (guessing closest to the number of lights – 8200) with a gift of a string of holiday lights. How appropriate since this “young lady” turned 100 years old the next day! Happy Birthday, Billie.
CHRISTMAS IN DAVIDSON PHOTO GALLERY