Decorations for Christmas are popping up all over town. Tonight begins the first night of our 25th year of Christmas in Davidson. With beautiful weather forecast through the weekend, there will be ample time for the crowds of residents and visitors to stroll Main Street, browse the shops, visit the vendors, view the special events and enjoy fellowship with others. What a great way to begin the month of December. And just in case you are decorating your home for Christmas, don’t forget your Nutcrackers’ display…although most of us will never come close to the collection of one resident as shown here.
Around Davidson visits today with a group making Advent wreaths for the home. We also remind you of a special Open House this weekend to hear about a home for Betty Patterson and the Sunday afternoon Burney Awards as well.
ADVENT WREATH WORKSHOP
Almost everyone in town knows of the flower arranging expertise of Pat McCall. When not hard at work at The Blossom Shop in Charlotte, this Davidson resident is helping others create beautiful designs using mostly cuttings from their yards. Yesterday Pat, who confesses to a lifetime of flower arranging, volunteered her time to show a group of twenty how to “construct” an Advent Wreath for each one’s home. There was a candle for each of the four Sundays in Advent and a white candle used in the center as the Christ Candle which is lighted on Christmas Eve.
With a moistened ring of oasis, lots of greenery, flower snips and gloves, the ladies soon had lovely decorations of their own, thanks to the encouragement from Pat McCall. Pat celebrated her 80th birthday last month but still has the energy of a teenager. Many thanks to you, Pat, for giving so generously of your time and talent at this busy time of year.
NORTH MECKLENBURG CHRISTMAS PARADE
Christmas in Davidson may be 25 years old but the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade is turning 30 this Saturday!! The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of Griffith and Main in Davidson and will keep Route 115 blocked until 3 p.m. A promise of bright sunshine will help us cheer for Santa Claus and the many, many, many other participants in this hometown, home-spun spectacle enjoyed by young and old. See you there.
BUILD BETTY A HOUSE
Thanks to Ann Gibert of Huntersville United Methodist Church who made us aware of an Open House this Sunday (1-5 p.m.) at Ranson House in Huntersville to educate people in our area about Betty Patterson and the community effort to build Betty a home. (www.buildbettyahouse.org.) Betty, 66, was not at home last May when her home on Hambright Road near Latta Plantation burned. From the website blog, we read that “Betty came home to a burning house, and the presence of the pastor of Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Allan Purtill, who happened to be driving by and stopped, like Newark Mayor Cory Booker, to make sure everyone was safe. That kind pastor stayed to comfort Betty, and heard from her the story of how the folks at Huntersville UMC were going to fix her roof. He called the Hunterville UMC senior pastor and others who arrived at Betty’s house before the fire trucks left. That night, a cryptic message went up on Huntersville UMC’s Facebook to pray for one of our homeowners. The following morning, a member called and said, ‘We need to build this lady a house.’”
Now eight months later, the combined efforts of many churches in North Mecklenburg County are going to build Betty a Habitat design home. Fund raising is underway but more donations are needed. Stopping by Ranson House this Sunday from 1-5 will give you a chance to learn more about building Betty a home and perhaps donating to the effort.
A longtime resident of Davidson, Harriet Kessler, had this to say about Betty Patterson: “Betty is such a worthy recipient of any assistance that one can provide. She has been my friend for more than thirty years and has been an important member of our entire family. She has taken care of us in sickness and health, in joyous times and sad ones.” Hooray for “building Betty a house.org!”
You have already read about the recipients of the Burney Awards to be presented this Sunday afternoon, December 2, at 4 p.m. at the Davidson Town Hall. Congratulations to Sterling Martin and Jean Jackson who will be honored at this occasion. This event is free and open to the public.
JUST A NOTE
Couldn’t pass up this bit of wisdom from the dry erase board at Snap Fitness. It read: Attention Men! What is the best machine to use to attract women? The answer: The ATM. Gotta agree with that!
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