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Area has plenty of Christmas events on tap this weekend

POSTED: December 6, 2017 5:30 p.m.
Patty Leon/

While events leading up to the holidays continue it will be hard to top Friday night’s Liberty County Illuminated Christmas Parade through downtown Hinesville. There are more photos from the parade on pages online at community.coastalcourier.com.

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If you love Christmas, there’s quite a bit going on around the area to get you in the spirit.
Here’s a roundup of some of the events we’ve been notified of. If you know of an event coming up, let us know.

Christmas tea
East Liberty County repeats its holiday traditions Saturday with a tea at the Midway Museum and a recreation of a colonial era Christmas at Fort Morris.
The museum’s annual Christmas Tea, spotlighting colonial holiday traditions and decorations, is first. There will be seatings at 11 a.m., noon and 1 and 2 p.m.
It costs $15 for adults and $5 for children. RSVP by calling 912-884-5837 or email rsvpmidwaymuseum@gmail.com.
The state historic site at Sunbury has its annual Colonial Christmas from 5 to 8 p.m. Interpreters and volunteers in historical attire will fire the Christmas guns (muskets) as a holiday salute. Jamie Keena will raise the spirits of visitors with colonial Christmas music.
The Christmas Story will be told and a traditional yule Log, representing warmth and light, will be brought in and thrown into a Christmas bonfire that will be lit around twilight. Caroling of period songs and sharing colonial refreshments will also take place around the fire.
Colonial Dancing will close out the evening and everyone is invited.
Sponsored by the city of Flemington and the Friends of Fort Morris, admission is free.

Beauty pageant
The Hi-Fidelity Civic Club will host its bi-annual scholarship pageant “Winter Dreams” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty County Performance Arts Academy in Flemington.
Admission is $10 per person.
The Hi-Fidelity Civic Club, founded in 1955, has donated more than $100,000 in scholarships to college-bound seniors from Liberty County schools, and to other charitable organizations.
Contestants are Keira Tate, daughter of Shika Tate; Lillian Mallette, daughter of Eva Quinn and Stephen Mallette; Shalese Isaac, daughter of Charles and Valerie Isaac; Alexandria Louise White, daughter of retired Lt. Col. Eddie White Jr. and Theresa White; and Andrea Nicole Louise, daughter of Holly Lewis.

Holiday hayride
Fort Stewart’s Holiday Hayride and Light Festival will be 6-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The public is invited.
Outdoor Recreation will bring Holbrook Pond Recreation Area to life with Christmas lights, illuminated decorations and activities for all ages. Holiday scenes and displays light up the campground area trail for the 15- to 20-minute hayrides.
Activities include boat rides, roasting marshmallows, making s’mores, time for the children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the MWR Kiddie Train and pony rides for children. The Kringle Market, sponsored by FRGs, will provide food sales. Costumed characters will roam the market for photo ops with children.
The cost to enter the Holbrook area is $15 per vehicle Dec. 8-9. Cash or credit card.
From Dec. 10-25, individuals will be able to drive through the Holbrook area to view the lights from 6-8:30 each evening.
The public is invited. For more information, call 912-435-8205.

Golf cart parade
The Friends of Shellman Bluff will sponsor its Golf Cart Christmas Parade of Lights at 7 p.m. Friday. The McIntosh County community’s Boat Parade of Lights will be at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Entry for each event is $25, with all proceeds going to the McIntosh County Empty Stocking Fund.
For entry forms and more information go to www.thefriendsofshellmanbluff.org or its Facebook page.

Long County parade
The annual Long County Christmas parade is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The theme is “Songs of the Season.”
The parade will be followed at 3 by a Christmas festival. The tree lighting is at 6:30.
Organized by the Long County Chamber of Commerce, there is no entry fee to be in the parade.
There is a $25 competition entry fee for anyone who wants to enter a float in the parade competition for cash prizes. A copy of the entry form is available at www.coastalcourier.com. For more information, call parade chairman Janie Diggs at 912-877-6051.

Toy drive
Hinesville Councilwoman of District 3 Vicky Nelson will host a toy drive at 10 a.m. Saturday at Irene B. Thomas Park.
Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child between the ages of 0 and 5. All donated toys will be given to the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority’s Head Start Program.
In addition to the toy drive, Otha Thornton will be speaking on the importance of early childhood education and its benefits. Thornton, a native of Elberton in northeast Georgia, is running for Georgia State School Superintendent.
This event will include free fried fish, Louisiana-style gumbo and hot dogs. For more information, call Nelson at 912-271-9814.

Pembroke parade
Pembroke’s 34th annual Christmas Parade is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s the first time the city has held the parade at night, and more than 75 entries will participate.
Afterward, the city Christmas tree will be lit, led by parade grand marshals Jeanne McCormick and Mary Anna Hite co-owner operators of Pembroke Advanced Communications.
What’s more, the city will also hold its annual Christmas Market from 2 to 8 p.m.
More than 70 vendors will be on hand with handmade crafts, baked goods, barbecue, fried fish, funnel cakes and kettle corn.
There also will be live music and entertainment.

Holiday market
The Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce presents the 6th Annual Holiday Market on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in JF Gregory Park – 521 Cedar St.
The Holiday Market is an official event of Holly Days on the Hill.
For more information on the Holiday Market or Holly Days on the Hill events, go to facebook.com/HollyDaysOnTheHill, log on to www.RHBCchamber.org or call 912- 756-3444.

Colonial Christmas
Fort King George State Historic Site will celebrate a Colonial Christmas from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday at 302 McIntosh Road SE in Darien.
Hosted by the Friends of Fort King George, the event will include a traditional dinner in the soldiers’ barracks and an evening of colonial-style yule tide jollification.
The cost is $30 per person, and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friend’s of Fort King George.
For more information, call 92-437-4770 or visit www.gastateparks.org/forkinggeorge.

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