The Living Well celebrates Christmas
December 14, 2014/Charlotte Evans
The annual Christmas Party Celebration at The Living Well will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 2pm until 4pm. This year’s celebration will include a performance by the newly formed choir “The Living Well Voices”. Party-goers are encouraged to take a favorite snack food or dessert to share. For more information about the Christmas celebration, call Robin Shamel at 969-0411. The event will give visitors an opportunity to check out the new location at Northridge Baptist Church, 7911 Ketner Farm Road in Rural Hall. Rumor has it that a special visitor, Santa, will make an appearance.
Website requests assistance
December 14, 2014/Charlotte Evans
The Rural Hall Messenger has been experiencing potential setbacks this year with a dying computer and a digital camera that died prior to Thanksgiving, so we established a gofundme account asking for donations in an effort to raise funds necessary for the replacement of the equipment.
While donations have trickled in, we remain far from the goal set for the account, but remain hopeful that the little town we love so much will love us back.
Webmaster/Editor Charlotte Evans has maintained the community website since 2009 with little financial assistance, but now is the time she is asking for assistance so she may continue providing her service.
The website pays for itself with the minimal advertising that has been obtained over the past five years, according to Evans, but it leaves little-to-no additional income for Evans, thus her need for assistance in replacing the camera and computer.
Evans shared that for the Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade this year, she was forced to borrow a friend’s camera in order to provide photos from the events. Unfortunately, borrowing a friend’s camera won’t always be an option for her.
“I began the gofundme account prior to Thanksgiving thinking that the fundraising campaign would enable me to replace the computer (which has been restored three times already this year) and the camera more quickly. I never imagined that the campaign would be so slow-going” Evans said.
If you are looking for last-minute opportunities for sharing this Christmas, please consider the Rural Hall Messenger, in care of Charlotte Evans or just click the link below.
Christmas Parade draws crowds to Rural Hall
December 8, 2014/Charlotte Evans
This year the weather was perfect for the Rural Hall Christmas Parade, not too cold and definitely much drier than neighboring areas experienced on Saturday for their parade. Numerous parade entries this year resulted in an enjoyable and lengthy event.
The sidewalks were filled with people and pets lining Broad Street from Wall Street up to Rural Hall Elementary School. Many sections of sidewalks were filled with chairs and blankets stretched across to accomodate friends and family members, causing an occasional stroll on the road or in yards.
I decided to do things a bit differently this year, instead of a collage of photos I will attempt to share some photos taken before and during the parade. Please bear with me.
See the photo gallery here!
Rural Hall lights up Christmas Tree
December 5, 2014/Charlotte Evans
Rural Hall’s Christmas Tree Lighting opens Rural Hall holiday schedule
December 1, 2014/Charlotte Evans
Celebrate the season with the Town of Rural Hall’s popular annual holiday events, beginning this Thursday with the Christmas Tree Lighting followed by a visit from Santa Claus.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Bundle up and bring your family and friends to kick off the holiday season at the Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6pm at Rural Hall’s Town Hall. Enjoy a festive lineup of holiday entertainment including performances from the students of Rural Hall Elementary School and the Rural Hall Moravian Church Choir. Hot chocolate and other refreshments will be available during the program.
Continue the holiday tradition at the Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:30pm. On this particular afternoon, Broad Street fills with people ready to see marching bands, parade entries and, of course, Santa Claus. Katie Nordeen, FOX8’s evening news anchor will serve as this year's grand marshall. Town officials estimate 75 parade entries for this year's parade.
The parade runs along Broad Street from Wall Street to Rural Hall Elementary School.
As in past years, the town will be collecting canned foods for Second Harvest Food Bank all week at Town Hall and on Sunday at the parade where collection boxes will be placed.
The town has set a rain date (its first) for Sunday, Dec. 14, should bad weather present itself, as it did last year.
Other Events this week
Bethany Baptist Church will host a drama “Christmas at Bedside Manor” at 6pm on Dec. 6 and 7.
First Baptist Church of Stanleyville will host a “Praise & Worship Christmas” on Dec. 7 at 6:30pm.
United Baptist Church will host a Candlelight Carol Service at 6:30pm on Dec. 7.
Northridge Baptist Church will hold its Bible Fellowship Breakfast on Dec. 7 from 8:30am until 9:30am. From 5pm until 6pm, a Cookie Exchange will be held.