John Redding

John Redding

Late Sunday afternoon, as my wife and I were driving to Courtland Festival Park to attend the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, I remarked that I hoped that some people would be in attendance. As we progressed down Morton Lane, we realized quickly that our fears were unfounded. Parking places adjacent to the park were already filled and we had to park at the courthouse lot. During the ceremony, I did a roughly estimated count and think that we easily had in excess of 400 people in attendance. It was a great event and a wonderful feeling of the community coming together to celebrate.

A huge “Thank You” to those that contributed to make the effort possible. The initiation of the idea came through the Appomattox Tourism Committee. Jake and Laura Dawson were the main focus of the effort and Jake and friends did the work. Paul Harvey and Susan Adams worked their contacts to raise the funds to pay for the materials. The Appomattox Chorale and New Hope Baptist Church were on hand to make the ceremony even more special. There are certainly others that deserve our thanks as well.

On Monday, I spoke with a representative of the Bluefield, Va. Chamber of Commerce who, by the way, has a son on the Graham High School football team that will play against our Raiders on Saturday. I sent her information on our Experience the Holidays celebration in downtown Appomattox with the invitation for their community to make the long journey here a bit early and to join in our celebration. She is forwarding the information to their boosters club and others in the community. I also contacted Superintendent of Schools, Annette Bennett, with the information and she will be contacting her counterpart in Tazewell County with the invitation.

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