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Town kicks off holidays with ‘Celebrate the Season’

The town of Farragut held its annual Celebrate the Season festivities Thursday, Nov. 29, at Town Hall.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were in attendance, and members of Town staff, Beautification and Farragut Folklife Museum committees, were on hand to ensure Farragut’s smallest citizens enjoyed the


Town Hall glittered top to bottom with Christmas lights, wreaths and garland, topped off by the debut of the Town’s new 12-foot rotunda Christmas tree.

Linda Ford, head of the Beautification Committee and wife of Farragut Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III, said, “This tree is debuting this year. We retired our old tree. It had served us well but its mechanisms had gotten tired and they were not holding up. We ordered another tree last year, but half of it got held up in China and part of it got held up somewhere else, so it arrived in parts, way too late.”

Ford said the beautification committee, with the help of the Town’s public works department, began decorating for the event the day after Thanksgiving.

“This is an effort by the entire committee and we all have our different assignments. We come in at 9 a.m. and public works got everything spread out for us in all the different rooms and we just start doing the deal and usually by 2:30 or 3 p.m., we are finished,” she said.

Ford said the committee expected to have close to 200 people attend the event throughout the evening.

“We are hoping all the children are going to show up because this is all about the children. Celebrate the season is all about the children. We love having them here,” she added.

And show up they did. Santa arrived at 5:30 p.m. and began taking Christmas requests from a steady line of children until after 7:30 p.m.

Electronics seemed to be the gift genre of choice for the 4-to-8 year old crowds.

Ian Tulk said he asked for a Nintendo DS with a Mario Party game.

Natalie Musharbash wanted accessories for her Nintendo DS, while her little sister, Noor, requested a Blueberry Bear.

Lexi Blanchard was quite specific in her request.

“I want a pink guitar, a pink Ipod and a penguin,” she said.

Santa was not the only hit of the evening.

Tricia Baehr, owner of Cookies by Design, brought 240 cookies for the children to decorate; 45 minutes into the event, she had gone through almost half.

Baehr said she enjoyed taking part in the celebration.

“We live in the Farragut community, our kids go to school here, I grew up here. I am an alumni of Farragut High School and I am part of the Alumni Association. ... We just want to be more involved in our community,” she said.

Children also were able to take part in a bell-ringing concert, Ian Tulk’s favorite event of the evening.

“I am going to perform tonight,” he said. “I am going to play ‘Jingle Bells.’”

The Farragut Folklife Museum had a special Christmas woodcarving display by Farragut resident Larry Nowell, as well as a collection of dolls from all over the world on loan from museum committee member Roberta Jones.

The event concluded with a performance by the Farragut High School Madrigal Singers, in full costume regalia.


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