To Be Lit At 6:15 p.m.
The Main Street: Greeneville organization and downtown merchants will be holding "Christmas In Olde Greene" this Friday evening, Nov. 30.
Everyone is invited to gather in front of the Greene County Courthouse where the fifth-grade chorus of Tusculum View Elementary School will sing Christmas carols, beginning at 5:45 p.m.
The Eastside Garden Club and volunteers from the courthouse will have decorated the beautiful, 16-foot community Christmas tree, purchased with a grant from Modern Woodmen of America.
Mayor of Greeneville Darrell Bryan will make opening remarks and introduce Andrew Johnson (better known as Daniel Luther) who will serve as master of ceremonies.
At 6:15 p.m., Father Christmas, played by James-Ben Stockton, will light the tree, and the crowd will light candles as they sing Christmas carols.
Free carriage rides, sponsored by GreeneBank, are available for one and all.
In a departure from its usual appearance on the second Friday of each even numbered month, the Greeneville Downtown Promenade for this holiday season will be held following the tree lighting.
"The change of the Holiday Promenade to Friday, Nov. 30 allows us to dovetail with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree that evening," says Jack Abee, chairman of Main Street: Greeneville's Downtown Merchants Committee.
"Now more than ever, mutual awareness and cooperation are the keys to enhancing Greeneville's warm, welcoming spirit." That warmth in particular will be met by a "Hot Chocolate Reception" in the lobby of the General Morgan Inn immediately following the tree lighting.
Invitation By The Inn
Bob Cantler, the Inn's general manager, invites Promenaders to take the chill off the evening before sampling the offerings at other participating venues.
The Reformation Lutheran Church choir will sing carols in the lobby beginning at 6:45 p.m.
The Capitol Theater, home to Little Theatre of Greeneville, will be open with tours for those interested in a peek backstage but also for flying paper airplanes from the balcony (irresistible at any age). The lobby will be open for tickets and information on Saturday's Blue Grass Concert.
James-Ben: Studio and Gallery is featuring the 2001 White House Ornament. "We will continue featuring the Andrew Johnson Carriage ornament through 2008 as our first offering for the Bicentennial Celebration, said James-Ben Stockton, the gallery's owner.
An unusual way of learning some local history will be offered by Appalachian GhostWalks.
Participants will experience "Ghosts of Christmas Past" and learn about the origins of some of our most beloved Christmas traditions. Reservations are required. Call (423) 743-WALK.
The tour will begin at 7:30 p.m. with registration in the lobby of the General Morgan Inn.
The Backstage Coffee House will have musical entertainment indoors with Dane Hinkle & friends, beginning at 6 p.m. Hot apple cider and apple rum cake will be available for purchase.
Danielle's Restaurant, at 138 West Depot, will feature "The Band Perry" Friday night, starting at 11 p.m. Admission is allowed for those age 21 and over.
More information about the Promenade and Christmas tree lighting is available from James-Ben Stockton at (423) 787-0195, or Main Street: Greeneville at (423) 639-7102.
Any other church or school groups who might like to sing carols should call the Main Street office.