By Susan Carson
Pies, Parades and Presents! It is all a part of the Christmas in Virginia celebration on Friday, Dec. 6. The Pie Auction will happen again immediately following the parade so fire up the oven and create the winning pie in either the fruit or cream pie category. Bring pies to Dr. Ugs Drugstore Café on Friday, Dec. 6 by 4:30 p.m. The categories are fruit and cream for adults and 16 and under. Please remember only one pie per entrant per category.
The Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. and the theme is Christmas Vacation. Contact Kristin Davis at 452-3041 to register your float by Nov. 29. This will be the third lighted parade and with each year the parade grows and the entries become more creative. Let the Christmas spirit show as we light up the square!
Kim Merriman will have a silent auction featuring decorated Christmas wreaths donated to benefit the Needy Children's Fund. The wreaths will be on display at the Eastside beginning November 29 with the auction taking place during Christmas in Virginia. Bidding will end at 9 p.m. with the winners being announced between 9 and 9:30 p.m.
This Saturday is the Cass County Food Pantry Fundraiser at the Roundhouse in Beardstown. Food, entertainment and a silent auction will be going on from Noon to Midnight. The $10 ticket buys you entrance to the event, music and a smoked pork loin dinner prepared by the Beardstown Elks. Tickets can be purchased from Joanne Anderson, 473-5638 or at the door. The silent auction will feature works of local artists from 12-8 p.m. with winners announced shortly thereafter. Matt Lovell will have four shows of speed painting set to music during the event. Loads of entertainment is sure to make for a great evening all for a good cause.
Representatives from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency came to visit Virginia last week. They are excited about all of the building renovation going on around the downtown square. Representatives from Virginia's Square One, Inc. and Kevin Kasper, owner of Hotel Mann, toured the Rexroat building and discussed the renovations on the Dime Store. After lunch at Dr. Ugs Drugstore Café, Kevin gave the group a tour of the historic Hotel Mann. It is especially favored by the IHPA as it is one of, if not the largest, collections of Mesker work in Illinois. Virginia's Square One, Inc. had contacted the group to determine if they would be willing to provide a letter of support for a grant application being submitted to raise funds for the renovation of the Dime Store building. Donations are still needed to complete the renovation and to meet the $100,000 matching grant. Donations may be mailed to Petefish, Skiles & Company Bank, 102 W. Beardstown St., Virginia, Illinois 62691.