The Spirit of the Season

Walk through the past and then go toward the lights. That is, the18th Annual James River Parade of Lights, sponsored by the James River Advisory Council. Henricus Historical Park will also be allowing those seeking the floating holiday lights to tour the Citie beginning at 6 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 11.

Festively decorated boats featuring thousands of lights will cruise a parade route that begins in Richmond and concludes at Dutch Gap and Henricus. According to Christine Duball, who handles media for Henricus, the Citie will be open and free. Costumed interpreters will provide a holiday ambiance. She said visitors can talk with the interpreters about the lives of the settlers and holidays in the 17th century.

“We have bulked up the militia and we’ll have the Ordinary open,” Duball said. “Visitors can come in and have cookies and cider and stay warm.”

Once visitors have had a stroll through the 1611 settlement, they will be able to view the holiday lighted flotilla from the bluff overlooking the James River. Those wanting to experience just the lights can view the event from the Dutch Gap boat landing.

People can view the parade from 7:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Dutch Gap Boat Landing, located at 441 Coxendale Road. The parade can also be seen at Henricus, located at 251 Henricus Park Road, from 7:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy Christmas Open House at Magnolia Grange

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia will host a free Christmas Open House at Magnolia Grange on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can enjoy the holiday season by experiencing life in the 19th-century. The plantation house will be elegantly decorated for the holidays, just as it was in 1822. The event will include a special appearance by Santa Claus. Children may have their picture taken for free. For more information, call 796-1479 or visit www.chesterfieldhistory.com.

2010 Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade

When Santa rides down Route 10 on a fire truck, you know that you had better get your Christmas list in order, because the holidays have arrived. The 2010 Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. As in years passed, it will begin at the Chester YMCA and end at the Chester Village Green. Closure of roads affected by parade traffic will begin at 1:45 p.m.

The theme of this year’s event is “Once Upon a Time.” Parade entrants will represent their favorite Christmas story. Parade units will compete for awards in five categories: Best Marching Unit, Best Performing Unit, Best Equestrian Unit, Best Fire/EMS Unit and Best Float. Judging will be based on appearance, crowd appeal and originality.
Registration for parade participation is $40 per entry and, due to lack of staging space, will be limited to 50 units. The deadline for entry is Dec.1. Late entries will not be accepted. Entry forms may be obtained at www.chesterkiwanis.org or from any Chester Kiwanis member. For further information, contact Angie McDaniel, parade chairperson, at chesterchristmasparade@hotmail.com, 804-240-5611 or through Facebook.

Get goodies at Beulah UMC’s Cookie Walk

The Ruth Robertson Alpha Circle of Beulah United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Beulah and Hopkins Roads, is sponsoring its fourth annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in the church’s fellowship hall. The group will bake many kinds of delicious cookies for the walk. The cookies will be set on trays around a room, and “walkers” will get a container and glove. Then, they can walk around and select the cookies they want. The cookies will be sold by the pound.

Make, purchase holiday crafts Dec. 9

The Deck Your Halls Craft Market and Workshop will take place at Castlewood, located at 10201 Iron Bridge Road, on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chesterfield Historical Society volunteers, along with garden club members, will be on hand to help attendees create their own Christmas decorations. Fees for these decorations will be based on the supplies/products purchased. Ready-made items, such as kissing balls, rustic villages, pomanders and table decorations, will be available for purchase. The event will include Christmas music and refreshments, along with a preview of new Chesterfield wine glasses, tea towels and mugs currently available in the Magnolia Grange gift shop. For more information, call 796-7121.

Donate toys, gifts at airport on Dec. 11

Community members are invited to collect new and unwrapped toys for children and gifts for hospitalized veterans and bring them to the Chesterfield County Airport on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the event, sponsored by the Virginia Chapter Ninety-Nines, the international organization of women pilots, soldiers will receive the gifts and transport them to the proper agencies. Santa will arrive in a small plane at 10 a.m., and will be on hand to greet children and receive their gifts for the children and veterans. Christmas carols will be presented throughout the day, and a hot lunch will be sold to benefit McGuire’s Veterans’ Hospital. For more information, visit www.ninety-nines.org, or contact Betty Vinson, event coordinator, at bettyvinson@verizon.net.

Enjoy annual Jingle Bell Bazaar at Ecoff

The 19th Annual Jingle Bell Bazaar Arts and Craft Show will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ecoff Elementary School. The school is located 5200 Ecoff Avenue, Chester.  For more information, call the bazaar coordinator at 768-0262.

Check out Chester Garden Club Greens Sale

The Chester Garden Club’s annual December Greens Sale will be held by the gazebo at the entrance to Chester Village Green on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The club will be selling fresh holiday designs for tables and mantles, decorated wreaths and more, all made by club members.  Proceeds from this sale go to the club’s five community beautification projects.

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