By Susan Carson
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Christmas in Virginia is this Friday evening starting at 4:30 p.m. The theme is “Christmas Vacation” with plenty of shopping and eating opportunities!
Vendors will open their doors all around the square and be sure to check out the shopping inside the new Cass County Food Pantry. Their entrance is now on the Main Street side of Doc Hollada's former building. Shop and eat your way around the square and take a break at 7 p.m. to watch the third annual Lighted Christmas Parade.
Then it is off to Dr. Ugs Drugstore Café for the second annual pie auction with the proceeds benefiting Christmas in Virginia. Once you have had your fill of pies, head south on Main Street to Grace Lutheran Church where the Live Nativity scene will begin at 8:30 p.m. Listen to the Nativity story and afterwards, have hot chocolate and cookies in the church basement from 9 to 9:30 p.m. This event is a fun way to support local businesses and artisans while checking off your Christmas shopping list.
The Franklin-Waverly Military Support group will be shipping cookies to the troops overseas on December 10 and while they have plenty of cookies, they could use donations to help with the cost of shipping. Each box costs approximately $13 to ship and there are 35 boxes to ship this year. If you would like to contribute please contact Bev Saylor at Virginia City Hall, 452-7786.
Distribution comes early this month at the Cass County Food Pantry due to the Christmas holiday and volunteers are needed to fill those boxes. Packing will be on Sunday, December 15, and if you or your organization is willing to volunteer, contact Joanne Anderson at 473-5638.
The interior demolition is coming along at the old Dime Store on the square. Once the debris has been removed, construction of the interior will be the next step in the process and funds are still needed to accomplish this. There are several ways to help. One way is to purchase a raffle ticket for $10 to have a chance to win the 1984 Oldsmobile Omega on February 22; these would make great stocking stuffers. Tickets are available for purchase anywhere the signs are posted or from any Virginia Square One, Inc. board member. Another way is to make a tax deductible cash donation and that can be done by sending it to Petefish Skiles & Company Bank, P.O. Box 18, Virginia, IL 62691. Let's keep rebuilding Virginia, one brick at a time.