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Santa Claus in historic Chatham, Virginia.

Christmas in Historic Chatham
December 3–5, 2009

By Mary Lee Black.

Mark your calendars now to enjoy “Weaving Our Story,” the 2009 theme of Chatham's Christmas festival dating from the early 1980's. (Scroll down this page to see the full schedule of events below.)

The Chatham First Christmas Reception opens the weekend on Thursday night, December 3rd, with the first-ever exhibit of the 180-year-old Stone family collection of handwoven coverlets (see article) from Shady Grove plantation. In addition, visitors will enjoy the debut of a documentary “Weaving Our Story”, showcasing the oral history of Chatham through stories recounted by local citizens.

The traditional Lantern Lighting Celebration, Festival of Carols, and Yule Log Ceremony accompany the illumination of the town on Friday, December 4th followed by SoundCheck, an “open mic” event for all.

Visitors on Saturday will enjoy crafters, vendors, the Chatham Christmas Parade, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and Kinney Rorrer in concert with the New North Carolina Ramblers. The weekend closes with a presentation by the Chatham Arts performers and a Christmas sing-along by the Southern Virginia Baroque Youth Orchestra. All events are free and open to the public. Contact Mary Lee Black at 434-432-7721 or e-mail mblack@chathamhall.org for more information.

Calendar Sales

Calendar Sales: “The Dogs of Chatham”
Proceeds to improve the quality of life of the animals at the Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter.
Animal Welfare League of Pittsylvania County will help with sales of calendar.
Drawing on Feb. 26th at M&W Flower Shop, 22 North Main Street
1st prize — 11 x 17 watercolor by Heath, valued at $500
2nd prize — $50 gift certificate from M&W Flower Shop
3rd prize — $25

Thursday, December 3

Historic Coverlet Display (see article) at Chatham Furniture Co., 28 South Main Street
Presentation by Linwood Wright, 7 PM
Beds in foyer covered in coverlets

immediately followed by
“Weaving Our Story” Reception
including
Preview of Documentary of “Weaving Our Story”
A collection of Chatham stories
Shadetree Books, 26 South Main Street

Friday, December 4

Historic Coverlet Display (see article) at Chatham Furniture Co., 28 South Main Street
Beds in foyer covered in coverlets - 9 AM to 5 PM

Illumination of the Town
with Mr. & Mrs. Santa

Santa Available for Pictures
ChathaMooCa, 33 North Main Street - beginning 6:30 PM

Lantern Lighting Ceremony - begins 7 PM
and
Festival of Carols
The Courthouse, 1 North Main Street

followed by
Yule Log Celebration
Competition Alley & 1813 Clerk’s Office

PLUS
SoundCheck “Open Mic” open to all ages
Chatham Community Center, 115 South Main Street - begins about 8:30 PM

Saturday, December 5

Street vendors, country ham biscuits, cider, roasted peanuts, much more
From Center Street to the Community Center
Along Main Street and on Court Place - 9 AM - 4 PM

Quilting & Spinning crafters
First Citizens Bank, 1 South Main Street, 9 AM - 4 PM

Chair Caning
Model of Moonshine Still

Robert Hurt's Law Office, 10 North Main Street, 9 AM - 4 PM

20 vendors, 9 AM - 4 PM
Chatham Community Center, 115 South Main Street

Historic Coverlet Display (see article) at Chatham Furniture Co., 28 South Main Street
Beds in foyer covered in coverlets - 9 AM to 4 PM

Weaving Our Story Documentary - 9:30 AM
Chatham Community Center, 115 South Main Street

The Chatham Christmas Parade
Main Street – 11 AM

Kinney Rorrer and the New North Carolina Ramblers in concert – 1 PM
“A Christmas Carol Sing-Along with the Southern Virginia Baroque Youth Orchestra” and Kevin Zakresky – 2:30 PM
Chatham Community Center, 115 South Main Street

Chatham First Tent
Corner of Main Street and Court Place
Christmas ornaments /
Calendars / water / membership apps / wine glasses
walking tours / coverlet info / Chatham Brochures
9 AM - 4 PM

Costumes
Old costumes available by appointment at Ennis Bldg. beside the old Chatham Train Station off Depot Street
All participants and visitors invited to create a costume
to support the 1830’s theme

All events are free and open to the public. Contact Mary Lee Black at 434-432-7721 or e-mail mblack@chathamhall.org for more information.


Historic Chatham Christmas Poster 2009

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Graphics

Our poster / rack card for the event is shown at right. You may download it in the following more-detailed formats:


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