11/30/2018 8:03:00 AM Yes, There Will Be A Manger Scene
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Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Many commented on our editorial about the absence of the Nativity Scene from the Courtsquare. Alan Hoyle, who has been responsible for many years for the seasonal display, told us he hadn't had any help and if others didn't care, he wouldn't put the display up this year.
Hoyle usually makes an application with the County a month or more in advance and places the manger scene on the square before the Parade & Tree Lighting.
Many commented following the Tree Lighting last Sunday, when the New Year's Apple was displayed where the manger scene usually sits, that they feared the Nativity Scene had been replaced by the Apple. Some of them thought the City was responsible for the Nativity Scene; others believed it was the County. Actually, Hoyle is the one who has placed it there for a decade or more.
City Councilman Roby Jetton was among those who commented saying that he would do whatever it took to get the manger scene back on the Courtsquare. We offered to buy the pieces from Hoyle and the Lincoln Herald would see that it was erected, but he didn't want to sell. On Wednesday, Hoyle agreed that after many people had said on Facebook that they would help to put it in place, he would make an application. He secured the permit on Thursday, and we've scheduled a work party for Sunday afternoon at 2 PM.
First, we'll need several able-bodied helpers to move materials from Hoyle's business at 319 N. Poplar Street to the square. Then we'll need help to put them in place. Those helping to move the pieces should come to Hoyle's business location by about 1:50 PM.
Alan and I have talked, and we're going to create a Nativity Scene Fund. It will be at a local bank. Those who wish to make contributions (we'll accept them on Sunday) can contribute to see that the Nativity Scene continues to be a part of Christmas in Lincolnton. The money may be used to buy a few additional figures (like animals) and will be available to purchase replacement pieces if needed in the future. If Hoyle decides to sell the pieces, it may be used to purchase them to make sure that the Nativity Scene continues.
Councilman Jetton said he'd be unable to attend the Sunday work party; he had already planned an out-of-town family event--but he's sending some helpers. Anyone else who would like to help is welcome to join us at 2 PM Sunday (Dec. 2nd) on the east side of the Courtsquare.
For anyone who objects to the Nativity Scene, a couple of observations: first, while it's being placed on public property, it isn't owned or placed by the City or County. Those who have different religious views are welcome to ask for a permit to put displays on the square during their important events. Muslims, for example, are quite welcome to ask for (and be granted) a permit for a display during Ramadan.
But this is Christmas, one of the two (and most widely celebrated) Christian holidays; and yes, there will be a manger scene again this year.
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