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Christmas in Blountville: Tree lightings, concert, parade coming up

J. H. Osborne • Dec 4, 2018 at 11:24 AM

BLOUNTVILLE The Blountville Historic District will host a series of Christmas events over a three-day period beginning on Thursday.

THURSDAY

Everything kicks off with Blountville's double tree lighting event in front of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Christmas carols and special holiday music will be performed by the Blountville Middle School Choir under the direction of Darren Malcolm.

Continuing last year's theme of "One Special Town ... Two Special Trees," the large community Christmas tree in front of the courthouse will again be joined by a second, smaller tree dedicated to the memory of victims of violence.

Santa will be on hand for the lighting of the larger tree, a 30-foot-tall Douglas fir, and State Rep. Matthew Hill will do the honors and flip the "on" switch.

The second tree lighting, by the Hope for Victims Support and Advocacy Group, is in remembrance of victims of violence. Area residents are encouraged to participate by bringing an ornament in honor of family members lost to violence.

"It is in remembrance of everyone that has lost a loved one to homicide. Holidays can be extremely sad for families who have lost a loved one to violent crime. The remembrance tree gives families from East Tennessee the opportunity to do something special for their loved ones," said Victims Remembrance Tree Organizer Joan Berry.

Food vendors will be offering hot chocolate and a variety of other items — including hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque, funnel cakes, deep fried Oreos, nachos and chili cheese fries. Music will be provided by Emily Hutchins and Carolyn Barry.

FRIDAY

Appalachian Express Chorus Benefit Concert. Come hear the sounds of Christmas as you've never heard them before. A special concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Blountville Baptist Church, with hot cider served at the Pavilion afterwards. Suggested donations are $10 per person.

SATURDAY

Blountville Ruritan's Annual Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. The Old Deery Inn and Museum will be open for Christmas tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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