Christmas Tree Lighting & Activities
Dec 01 - mkamplain
D. Gary Davis
One of many reasons to love living in Bradley County is not only the ability to enjoy the differing seasons of the year, but to also have multiple activities geared toward families and their interests. This is truly evident with the colder weather and also this week’s Christmas activities that begin downtown on Friday. For a full calendar description along with an itinerary of activities and participating merchants please visit http://www.mainstreetcleveland.com/ online and plan to take part in these and the many other activities for this time of year at the various locations across Bradley County.
Mayor Rowland and I will be on hand this Friday, December the 4th at 6:00 PM for Carols in the City and the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. This tree was planted at the corner of 1st and Broad Street on the property that is now the Bradley County Courthouse Annex complex. Over 40 years ago U.S. Postmaster, Robert H. Easterly took the time and the initiative to plant this wonderful tree when it was the location of the original United States Post Office. It is fitting that we come together as a community to celebrate around our Community Christmas Tree that was given its start by someone so involved in our Community. His, and his families, service to our community cannot be forgotten and continues by many of his descendants and their families to this day. It has been rumored that we may have some help in lighting the Christmas tree from a visitor from the North Pole.
Another heartwarming time of "reverse caroling” will once again be enjoyed at key sites and historic downtown churches. Scheduled to take part in this year’s celebration are the choirs and musical talents of Tennessee Christian Preparatory School, First Baptist, Broad Street United Methodist, St. Luke’s Episcopal, First Presbyterian, Lee University, First Cumberland Presbyterian & Westmore Church of God. Photo opportunities with our visitor from the North Pole and free Carriage rides will also be available until 8:00 PM that evening.
Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 PM we will have the opportunity to attend the MainStreet Cleveland’s Annual Christmas Parade. Many in our community have their place already scheduled to view this amazing event. If you are not familiar with the route, this year will continue the usual tradition and route. Originating from Bradley Central High School, it will travel north on 3rd Street, then north on Ocoee Street around the Monuments, south on Broad Street, right on Inman Street and then south on Keith Street to return to the school.
Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 PM will be the time to enjoy the 26th annual Christmas Concert at Lee University’s Conn Center. This is another free event but tickets are required to enter. Please call 614-8240 for more ticket information.
There are MANY, NUMEROUS and MULTITUDES of people, families, organizations, businesses and non-profits that work "behind the scenes” to ensure not only the availability and options of our community’s events but also help to ensure the safety of those who choose to attend. May we always stop to thank them, remember their relentless efforts and pray for their continued success and safety not only at this time of year but always. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Bradley County’s Mayor and know that the opportunity to continue to serve the greatest citizens on the face of the earth is more than a gift to me. This region, community, cooperation and literally unlimited potential are just some of the reasons that Bradley County continues to be Tennessee at its best.
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