The big news for this weekend is the weather. Last year, for the first time in its history, the Cat Square Christmas Parade got cancelled--because of snow! That won't happen this year, and Saturday night activities will likely be OK, but Sunday and Monday will see a plethora of cancellations and postponements. Let us tell you right now that if your church, civic group-- even business--has to change schedules because of the weather, we'll be glad to include it in our annoucements--which we will update periodically from Saturday evening through Monday (or Tuesday if necessary).
While there may be some flurries Saturday, the big snow (and that it will be!) won't happen until Saturday night into early Sunday. We're predicting 6 or more inches in northwestern Lincoln County, 7-10 or more in Catawba County--but not soon enough to bother the parade. To be more exact, no accumulation is likely to occur until after 11 PM Saturday night. During the day on Saturday there will likely be some inermittent rain. [See update below.] Saturday night--4 to 5 inches of snow in Lincolnton and northward, a little less in Denver and southward. Sunday--heavy snow early, possibly accumulating another 4 - 8 inches. It may change over to sleet Sunday afternoon and early Sunday night and possibly some freezing rain. Saturday's high 39°; Sunday morning low 30°, Sunday high 35°, Monday morning low 32°, Monday high 39°, Monday night-Tuesday AM low 26°--a chance of a little additional snow Monday night but not a significant amount--probably less than a half inch. Total snowfall Saturday NIGHT thru Tuesday AM=10 or more inches!
Now, here's the schedule of area events for this weekend (weather permitting):
FRIDAY Dec. 7th &
SATURDAY Dec. 8th
Santa's House & Carriage Rides
Last week, the weather was a problem. This week? Oh my! Friday will be OK, but Saturday isn't likely to be, so make Friday your evening to visit with Santa at Santa's House on the north Courtsquare. He's scheduled to be there Thurdays, Fridays & Saturdays 5 - 8 PM thru Dec. 22nd. The carriage & wagon rides depart from the north side of East Main St. Thursdays thru Saturdays until Dec. 22nd from 6:30 until 9:30 PM--weather permitting. Carriage rides are $10 per person; wagon rides, $5.
East Lincoln High School Chorus Presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
The East Lincoln High School Theatre Arts program will present "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in the East Lincoln Black Box Theater at the school Saturday Dec. 8th at 7 PM. A performance had also been scheduled for Sunday December 9th at 2 PM but with the weather, that one is questionable and Saturday's performance could be in jeopardy. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at www.EastLincolnOnStage.org or at the door one hour prior to showtime.
East Lincoln Community Chorus Concert
The East Lincoln Community Chorus will present "Christmas Traditions" Friday evening at 7:30 and Saturday afternoon at 3 PM at Unity Presbyterian Church, 8210 Unity Church Road in Denver.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY Dec. 7th - Dec. 9th
"A Fairytale Christmas" at the Cultural Center
The Lincoln Theatre Guild and Denver Christian Academy will present the second weekend of performances of "A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol" at the Lincoln Cultural Center Friday & Saturday at 7 PM. A final performance is scheduled for Sunday at 3 PM but we doubt that will happen because of the weather. "A Fairy Tale Christmas" is a spinoff on the tale of the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge; but this presentation features fairy tale characters in the roles of Scrooge, Bob Marley, etc. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens.
SATURDAY Dec. 8th
Breakfast With Santa (Lincolnton)
The Lincoln Cultural Center at 403 E. Main St. in Lincolnton invites children of all ages to enjoy a pancake breakfast cooked by Santa's helpers, create a keepsake with the help of the cast of "The Nutcracker," and best of all, get to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. There will be lots of photo ops with Clara and her friends and Santa himself. Admission is $10 per child which allows up to two adults to accompany them at no additional charge.
Breakfast With Santa (Denver)
How can he be at multiple locations at the same time? Hey, how can reindeer fly, and how can a fat, elderly man not only make his way down a chimney but back up again? It's magic--Christmas magic! The East Lincoln High School Band's Breakfast with Santa will be held from 8:30-11 AM in the ELHS gym--$9 for adults $6 for children. Proceeds will go toward the 2018-2019 year events and music education.
Breakfast With Santa (McAdenville)
The Pharr Family YMCA in McAdenville will host a Breakfast With Santa event 8 - 11 AM Saturday Dec. 8th--$3 per person.
Crouse UMC Christmas Bazaar
Crouse United Methodist Church will havw a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 8 AM - 2 PM. In addition to crafts & other Christmas gift items, food will be available including sausage biscuits and hot dogs. They'll also have a bake sale. Food sales proceeds will benefit church mission projects.
Christmas Craft Fair
The Gastonia Farmers Market at 410 E. Long Avenue will host a Christmas Craft Fair Saturday Dec. 8th 9 AM – 4 PM.
Mundy House Christmas Open House
Mundy House and the History Center of Eastern Lincoln County will hold an open house Saturday at 10 AM. Come see the Mundy House, 4353 NC16-business north in Denver, decorated for Christmas; enjoy hot cider and find out what the Mundys ate on Christmas Eve. Listen to Bing Crosby on the Victrola.
The North Lincoln High School PTO will hold a Wreath & Swag Workshop Saturday 10-noon and 1-3 at the school. Cost is $25 for a wreath, $15 for a swag, or $35 for both.
Cherryville Christmas Parade
The Cherryville Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to the Cherryville Christmas parade beginning at 10:30 Saturday morning Dec. 8th in downtown Cherryville. The parade rolls west along Main Street from Depot Street to Mulberry, then right on Mulberry and right again onto First Street, ending at Cherry Street.
Christmas at the Train
Lineberger Park, 632 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia --- Come visit Santa and get your picture taken with him at Lineberger Park. This 10 AM event is a FREE opportunity to meet Santa and get your picture taken. Bring your own camera.
Skydiving Santa (Maiden)
Santa and his elves will be skydiving (weather permitting) at Laney's Airport, 4235 Pool View Drive. That's off East Maiden Road and you can get there from Maiden on that road, from Lincolnton on Buffalo Shoals Road (turn right on East Maiden Road) or from Denver coming the other direction up East Maiden Road. Simplest way there is to turn onto South Olivers Crossroad Road and then left at Joe Crouse Road. Santa will be jumping from the plane at noon and should land in time to begin meeting with kids about 12:15. If weather cancels the jump, Santa will still be there to greet the kids. There is no charge for admission to the event, but those attending are asked to bring a new toy (or several) for the Maiden Police Department to give to needy children this Christmas.
Cat Square Parade
The annual Cat Square Christmas Parade happens at 1 PM Saturday. The parade will begin at the intersection with Zur Leonard Road and Dan Rhyne Road and roll down Cat Square road to Bill Sain Road. The parade is beginning one hour earlier this year than in the past. Last year's parade got snowed out--but this year, while there may be a few flurries during the parade, the big snow won't happen until late Saturday night into Sunday morning, so come enjoy the biggest parade in the area--the 44th Cat Square Parade. For more information, visit the Facebook page.
Colonial Christmas and Candlelighting
The Schiele Museum of Natural History at 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, invites you to come celebrate Christmas on the Carolina Frontier Saturday 2 - 6 PM. Join in the “Procession of the Yule Log” decorating with greenery, early American carols, and English country dancing beautifully set amidst the backdrop of the 18th-century backcountry farm. At dusk, gather with their backcountry family for the traditional candlelighting service. Enjoy colonial hospitality with a taste of Christmas pudding and hot gingered apple cider. Admission is free for members, for non-members, it's included with museum admission.
Christmas Enchantment in the Garden (Mt. Holly)
Mt. Holly's Community Garden will host this event beginning at 5 PM. Each of the 52 garden beds will be decorated differently by garden members, along with hundreds of glowing luminaries lighting your way. Be sure to cast your vote for your favorite decorations while you are there. Local businesses and artists will also be taking part this year by decorating designated areas around the garden. The Blue Barn Bistro food truck will be on site as well as hot drinks by Catawba Coffee, homemade donuts from Lil Dunkers Mini Donuts and popcorn from Pop-Maize-N available for purchase. Spiced cider and cookies will also be provided by garden members. There'll be live music by Jonathan Brackett, Cathy Black, Taylor Vancil and an a cappella group, Melodramatic--composed of Mountain Island Charter School students Kelsie Painter, Garet McGinnis, Michael Tate, Joyner Jones and Jasmine Clarkson.
SUNDAY Dec. 9th
It's VERY likely that most or all Sunday events will be cancelled or postponed. The forecast calls for snow--and we're expecting six or more inches in northwestern Lincoln County and seven or more in Catawba County.
Santa Scheduled at Maiden Rec
Santa is scheduled to make a visit to the Maiden Recreation Department on East Klutz Street from 2 - 5 PM Sunday.
Luminary Service (Maiden)
Sunday evening beginning at dusk (about 5:00), the annual Luminary Service is scheduled on Bob Smyre Avenue until 8:30 PM. Luminary bags displaying the names of loved ones who have passed are placed throughout the cemetery. Refreshments will be served at the corner of East Cemetery Street following the service. [We expect this event to be rescheduled.]
MONDAY Dec. 10th
LHS Band Concert
The Lincolnton High School Band Christmas Concert is scheduled at the Citizens Center Monday December 10th at 7 PM. Admission is free. [We must add: weather permitting!]
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION LIKELIHOOD:
12 - 18 inches: 40%
8 - 12 inches: 45%
less than 8 inches: 15%
UPDATE on WEATHER (FRIDAY AFTERNOON): We are quite aware that we are predicting more snow than the Charlotte tv stations. About the only change from what we had seen coming with the Thursday morning information is that Saturday's temperature aloft may not drop as quickly as we had thought, so we may get rain before we get snow. The rain will then change over to snow Saturday night. It appears now that Monday night, which had been a question mark, may produce some light snow but little if any additional accumulation. With the temp getting into the upper 30s on Monday, there may be some rain showers--but most of the precipitation will be gone. Travel will be dangerous for both Sunday and Monday. The sleet and freezing rain Sunday night won't produce a lot of ice--we expected an acccumulation of only a quarter-inch, but that's enough to cause some problems. We expect many cancellations and postponements and we'll keep you updated.
CANCELLATIONS SO FAR:
Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cherryville has changed the date for its live Nativity Scene from this Sunday evening to Sunday Dec. 23rd at 5:30 PM.
Marvin United Methodist Church, 2731 Startown Road, has cancelled the 2nd Saturday breakfast for this Saturday. They will have another next month on January 12th.
Playwright Preston Lane, who composed the musical "Beautiful Star" had been scheduled to be at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library in Hickory Saturday. That appearance has been cancelled.
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