Downtown merchants will kick off holiday season with open house

By Rozella Hardin
star staff

  The Elizabethton Downtown Business Association is gearing up for the holidays. Merchants will kick off the holiday season on Nov. 14 with a Christmas open house from 1 to 5 p.m.
  On open house Sunday, holiday music will be presented at the Elizabethton Alliance Church, with the Elizabethton Choral Club performing at 1:30 p.m. and the Johnson City Community Band at 2 p.m.
  "We had good participation last year, as well as lots of people downtown," said John Bunn, EDBA president. Pat Green, owner of Duck Crossing Antiques, inquired about advertising the event in the cities of Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport. "If they know about it, they come," she shared. It was suggested as well as advertising the event in the local paper, that the community bulletin board provided by area TV stations also be used.
  Other upcoming holiday events, as announced by Larry Gobble, Tourism Director for the Elizabethton-Carter County Chamber of Commerce, include the Annual Lighting of the Fraser fir on Nov. 16 and the Christmas parade on Nov. 20, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. "Numerous people have stopped by the Chamber to pick up parade entry applications. We are averaging at least three a day. It looks like we are going to have good participation from the community," he said. Gobble also distributed a brochure listing holiday events.
  The Christmas parade will be held at 5 p.m. The theme for the event is "Christmas Around The World." The parade will form near Big John's on W. Elk Avenue and proceed east on Elk Avenue to the Monument, where units will disband.
  John Huber, chairman of the EDBA beautification committee, said workmen will begin Monday laying the brick for the street planters. "We will start with the planters in front of Carter County Bank and across the street from the bank and work our way toward the Elk Avenue Bridge, and then we'll move west to the next block," he explained.
  The financial report showed that funds have been received to pay for 14 of the 20 planters. "I'm confident that once we get one of the planters built, we will receive money for the others," Huber said.
  He also announced that the angle irons for the canopy signs would be delivered next week. "The biggest expense we will have are the canopy lights, which will be about $300 each. We hope we can get enough donations to pay for them," Huber said.
  Also, a number of the afghans featuring local historic landmarks are still available for sale at $45 each. Several downtown stores have the afghans.