On caregivers, faith, family, and writing…

Published in the Rains County Leader on December 2, 2021:

After a COVID cancellation last year, Christmas around the Square is returning to downtown Emory this Saturday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. I had participated in this annual tradition twice as a vendor, and Christmas 2021 didn’t seem complete without it. I’m looking forward to being there this year, but I’m a little nervous since there is a slight chance of rain, and paperback books don’t fare well in damp weather. Hopefully, the weatherman will have pity and revise the forecast.

It’s not just my inventory that would be subject to bad weather. Over thirty other vendors will display their wares around the Courthouse Square, and that’s just part of the fun. There will also be tacos, a rodeo, JJ’s Texas Twirlers, story time from 5-6:00 pm, a live nativity presented by the United Methodist Church from 6-7:00 pm, a Christmas parade at 7:00 pm, the official lighting of the Rains County Christmas tree, Rhythmic Productions Music by DJ Calvin Hickerson, pictures with Santa, and much more.

Based on pictures of trees, lights, and other festive displays that have been appearing on Facebook for several weeks, it seems that many people are already well into the spirit of the holiday. But if you are having trouble feeling Christmas-y, this festival is a great way to banish the Grinch-y feelings and kick start some Christmas cheer. Past experience tells me there will be lots of smiles, laughter, hugs, and shopping going on between the live entertainment and other planned activities.

One event that is very special to me will occur at 10:00 am. In April I wrote about the plans of the Friends of the Library to put a Little Free Library at Reka’s Rise and Shine Coffee Co. on Highway 19. Linda Pietila volunteered her husband Rocky to construct it for us, and he not only did a beautiful job but he also donated all the material from his supply of craft leftovers. After a few stops and starts due to scheduling conflicts and life in general, the support pole was set, and with a little bit of assistance from my David’s gym-gained strength, the fourth Rains County Little Free Library was put in place a few weeks ago.

On Saturday at 10:00 am members of the Friends of the Library and anyone who wants to celebrate another opportunity to encourage reading in Rains County will gather in front of Reka’s where the Chamber of Commerce will officially open the little library. Rocky will be given the honor of cutting the ribbon, and everyone else will gather for pictures to commemorate the occasion. And hopefully many attendees will patronize Reka’s while they’re there.

So, make room on your Saturday schedule to spend some time in downtown Emory. Bring your Christmas list and find some great gifts for those hard-to-buy-for friends and relative. And don’t forget to stop by Reka’s where you can take a book, leave a book, or just read a book while you enjoy a great cup of coffee. Whatever your weekend plans, make sure they include celebrating at Christmas around the Square.



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