By Joellen Artz, Columnist
The holidays are fast approaching. You can tell because the Rutledge gazebo is all decked out in festive lights, bows and garland and there’s a spectacular Christmas tree in the corner garden. Our treasured vintage Nativity Scene graces the City Park, shops and restaurants are decorated for the holidays and the North Pole is being spruced up for all the children to be able to visit with Santa and the moms and dads who want their photos.
Woo, Chad and Noel have strung garland across the streets and rose to great heights to add lights and wreaths to each lamp post. Giant ornaments hang from our historic buildings as homage to the holiday. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Rutledge.
On Friday evening, November 22, the city merchants will be hosting their annual Christmas Open House from 5pm till 8pm. Join neighbors and friends in the park for some good southern holiday hospitality and then roam around to visit all the stores to see their holiday specialties.
On Saturday and Sunday, the 23 and 24, the park will be your destination to find crafters who’ve been working hard for months to prepare for Christmas in the Country. Your children will enjoy the inflatables and Spider jump and everybody will enjoy Big Kev’s BBQ as well as other festival food. Perhaps the most exciting addition this year is the carriage rides offered by Classic City Clydesdales of Bishop, Georgia.
You’ll be able to take a leisurely ride as you’re in awe of the size of these gentle giants. There will be musical entertainment all weekend. Venture from shop to shop Friday evening to see what special merchandise they have for the holidays while you enjoy the decorations, special edibles and beverages.
Everybody who works so hard all year in quaint downtown Rutledge is looking forward to your visit Friday evening. If it’s chilly you can warm up at fire pits around the gazebo but whatever you do, come with your families and friends to enjoy the weekend with us. Santa will be at the North Pole from 9-4 on Saturday and 12– 4 on Sunday. See you this weekend.