December certainly got off to a wonderful start with Christmas in Davidson festivities and the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade. Congratulations to Georgia Krueger who was named Parade Grand Marshal. Perfect weather for all the activities complimented by an almost full moon peeking through the trees at night.
Around Davidson is playing catch-up with a few leftovers from Christmas in Davidson today from the Doggie Fashion Show to dog interviews, visiting Virginians to Stay Puft s’mores. There are also a few notes from the Burney Awards presented this past Sunday.
DOGGIE FASHION SHOW
Congratulations to Bettie Casey who was the first to stroll across the Library Stage last Friday evening in the Doggie Fashion Show. We have come a long way since that first show 25 years ago held in the post office’s court yard. Favorite memories from that first show were “Big Daddy” Shaw Smith in top hat as Emcee and three elementary students who entered with two pretending to be a pooch under a dog decorated sheet and one tugging on the leash. Simple pleasures!
This year there was an entry fee and tag requirement reducing the number of participants to just fewer than 20. But the “red tape” did not deter Bettie who knitted a multi-striped sweater for her Shih-Tzu, Wags, to match her coat of many colors. Hooray for ten year old Wags, who was a 50th wedding anniversary present to Bettie and her late husband, Hugh Casey, from their children. Having been in the Doggie Fashion Show each year, Wags is an old pro at charming audiences as well as local vet and show emcee, Dick Hay.
JUST HAVING A DOG-GONE GOOD TIME
Great fun visiting with seven month old yellow lab, Georgia, on The Green just after the Doggie Fashion Show. Georgia was not into doggie fashion but rather wanting to spend all her time at the booth selling homemade organic puppy treats. She waited patiently for 13 year old Meaghan Coleman, to dole out the special treats, while Mom Ann Marie Coleman and siblings, Katie (12) and Matthew (10) were nearby. Dad Dennis Coleman is a dentist in town. The family lives in Runneymede.
Shopping at “10,000 Villages” in the DCPC Congregation House during Christmas in Davidson were Jean Carol Sanyour from Virginia Beach and Mary Ellen Farlow of Chesapeake, VA. These ladies were taking in the sights with Pat Butt of The Pines and it turns out that Pat’s husband, Bob, is their uncle. The Butts moved from Virginia to The Pines 12 years ago and encouraged Jean and Mary Ellen to visit – especially during Christmas in Davidson. Now the ladies are hooked: Jean Carol has been coming for 10 years and Mary Ellen for the past three. They love the small town atmosphere of Davidson and the fellowship of The Pines.
The annual visits of Jean and Mary Ellen not only coincide with Christmas in Davidson but also with the annual festive December “Light the Lights” on Evergreen Court at The Pines where the Butt’s cottage is located. The first Saturday evening in December just after dark, members of the court and other Pines’ residents gather to see the lighting of dozens and dozens of strings of lights in all the trees on the court. Wassail and fruitcake are served, carols are sung, and the winner of the “quiz question” is announced. This year’s quiz was to guess the combined weight (in winter garb) of Pines’ Executive Director Eddie Muller and Plant Services’ Director Scott Chinery. After the two weighed in with a total of 506 lbs., it was announced that staff employee William Moser had the closest guess and was gifted with a string of lights! What else! What fun!
To cap off a four days of Davidson activities, Mary Ellen and Jean spent Sunday preparing clam chowder and hosting a dinner for the eleven residents of Evergreen Court. They returned to Virginia yesterday with plans to do it all over again in 2013.
NEVER TOO OLD FOR S’MORES
Davidson’s Boy Scout Troop 58 is establishing a wonderful tradition at Christmas in Davidson by selling S’More kits and allowing the purchaser to roast marshmallows over an open fire before combining them with chocolate and graham crackers. Hats off to these hard working scouts and their “Stay Puft” mascot who were definitely a “hot ticket” for visitors to The Green.
BURNEY AWARD RECIPIENTS
Last Sunday afternoon, family, friends and neighbors gathered in the Davidson Town Hall to recognize this year’s Burney Award winners, Sterling Martin and Jean Jackson. Named for the late G. Jackson Burney, the award honors residents of our town who, through unselfish service, have improved our community. (LINK to 11-26-2012 DNN article)
Prior to the ceremony, the North Mecklenburg Moravian Band provided music in the rotunda. Promptly at 4 p.m., Mayor John Woods welcomed everyone, Jerry Hancock spoke about Jack Burney and Town Commissioner Connie Wessner read each citation. Sterling and Jean were presented with fired and glazed clay pots created by Community School of Davidson 8th graders Molly Perkins, Lissi Gordon, Justin Marsillo, Paul Keller, Lauren Sutton, Jessica John, Matthew Keenhle, Ayana Edwards, Oliver Picot and Cameron Collop. The Reverend David Buck offered a closing benediction.
Both Sterling and Jean are longtime residents of Davidson. Sterling first lived here as a student in 1959, married the daughter of a Physics professor, and stayed to raise four children. His daughter, Jennifer Martin Hall, was in the audience Sunday with her husband, Tim, and two daughters. Sterling’s sister, Nancy McCorkle, was also in attendance. Sterling was recognized for his years devoted to outdoor activities from the College’s PE program to scouts and the DLC.
Jean Jackson first came to Davidson as a bride in the early 1960’s. Married to Davidson College math professor, Bruce Jackson, the couple raised two daughters, Julie and Broocks, in their home on Crescent Road, both of whom were at the ceremony honoring their mother. Widowed, Jean now lives at The Pines, where she continues her church and community work.
We congratulate these 2012 Jack Burney Award winners and their families.
See a photo gallery from Saturday’s North Mecklenburg Christmas parade.
More photos of Christmas in Davidson.
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