Because the upcoming week will be filled with Thanksgiving get-togethers, shopping and football, the following column will call attention to a few of the Christmas events scheduled the next couple of weeks--definite "calendar markers."
The Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board (DIPBB) and Fort Gaines Historic Site are celebrating the 30th Annual "Christmas through the Ages" on Saturday, December 6, at Fort Gaines. In this non-commercial Christmas event, visitors will be able to interact with the soldiers and their families, and children will have the chance to make a seashell ornament and other decorations. Other activities taking place at the Fort include blacksmithing demonstration and live music by the Kracker Dan Band. Fort Gaines is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and general admission rates apply. Tickets are available in the Fort’s gift shop; adults pay $6 and children $4.
Other activities taking place on the Island are the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council Christmas Open House and Silent Auction, Thursday, December 4, 6-9 p.m.; the Dauphin Island Christmas Pageant on Friday, December 5, 7 p.m. and a Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 6, 11 a.m.
Satsuma Community Development Organization will host "Christmas in Satsuma" on Saturday, December 6. SCDO secretary Andrea Charlton said that the day will start with a Reindeer Run at 8 a.m., followed by Arts & Crafts in Baldwin Square and the Satsuma Volunteer Fire Department's Christmas Parade at 11 a. m. The community's 24th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. For further information on any of these events, call Charlton at 251-408-7430.
Also in Satsuma, there'll be a special day for children on Saturday, December 13. Breakfast with Santa will be held at Satsuma Community Center with proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House. For information, call Diane Alford, 251-463-4734.
On Saturday, December 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the United Methodist Women at Tanner Williams United Methodist Church will again host their annual Christmas in the Country Bazaar and Seafood Gumbo Dinner. It will be the 30th year they've provided Christmas decorations; home baked cakes and pies; jewelry and scarves; jellies, preserves and pickles for their neighbors and other guests who wait all year for this one big beginning-of-the-holidays event (see al.com link http://s.al.com/OrwXDKb via @aldotcom for story.)
Tanner Williams Civic & Historical Society presents Tanner Williams Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. in the Historical School Building. A chili supper with Christmas goodies is on the menu. Call 251-645-1196 or 251-649-5166 for details.
Coats for Kids will be distributed in Coden on Thursday, December 4, 2-7 p.m.. Call Lori Bosarge, 824-7265, for information or to make a donation.
Semmes Old-Fashioned Christmas is Friday, December 5, 6 p.m. at Semmes Heritage Park, 3871 Wulff Road. The program--a sort of town hall meeting with entertainment, will be held in Malone Chapel. After the program, homemade refreshments will be served next door at the 1902 Historic Semmes Schoolhouse. For information, call Carolyn Owens, 649-2184.
Semmes Christmas Tree Lighting, in front of the Semmes Public Library at Moffett and McCrary roads, is Saturday, December 6. A program takes place at 4 p.m. with the lights on the 35-foot tree being turned on at 5 p.m. Semmes Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m.
` It's time to pick up those advance tickets for the Semmes 2014 Christmas Tour of Homes and Tasting Tour. Tickets, available for a $10 donation, can be picked up at at Semmes Senior Center, T & T Nursery, Ruby Blue and Meggie B's. They are $12 at the door on December 13. Call Diane Moore, 645-9176 for information.
The 46th Annual Saraland Christmas Parade, sponsored by Saraland Civic Forum, is Saturday, December 13 at noon. The theme is "An Old-Fashioned Christmas." The Annual Christmas Tree lighting will also be on December 13, 6:30 p.m. at Saraland Civic Center on Mae Street. For further information, call 675-4444.
Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 6, 8-9 a.m. at Tillman's Corner Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road. The cost is $5 for adults; children 12 and younger eat free. The parade will follow at 10 a.m. Call Tina Poiroux, 666-2488 for information on these activities and on the "Wreaths for Charity" project.
For events in the immediate future: On Sunday, November 23, 6 p.m., the Community Thanksgiving Service of DIP Ministerial Association will be hosted by South Brookley UMC. For information, contact JD Landis, 251-648-1027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government Street Presbyterian Church and Spring Hill College will present a concert of "Music of the Holidays From the Valley to the Hill." Featured will be the Greater Mobile Bay Area Chorale Society and the Spring Hill College Chorale. The concert will take place at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street on Sunday, November 23, 4 p.m. and at St. Joseph Chapel at Spring Hill College on Monday, December 1, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Terry D. Maddox at 434-0325 or email@example.com for further information.
Port City Craftsmen annual arts and crafts show continues Sunday, November 23, 11 a.m. at Abba Shrine Auditorium. This event always features beautiful, high-quality, handmade crafts and artwork and, this year, there are 95-100 artisans showing their works. For information, call Kendra Bennett, 508-1210.
And for one Christmas event coming up closer to the holiday: All God's Children Christmas Party is Saturday, December 22, 6 p.m. at Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road. Director Sonya Humphries said that donations of gently used or new toys are needed, as well as clothing for children and adults. Food, such as sweet treats, would also be appreciated. To find out more specifics, call Humphries at 209-9163.