Larry Stanford Editor
December 6, 2013
The Christmas Season is in full swing in Thomaston and Upson County. The season officially began last weekend with the Christmas Lights Parade on Saturday. It continued Monday night with the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council’s (TUAC) annual Sounds of the Season concert.
Christmas Festivities continued Thursday evening with the annual Thomaston Victorian Christmas, held on the courthouse steps and featuring performances by the Upson-Lee North Elementary Chorus, the Upson-Lee Middle School Chorus and Band, the Upson-Lee High School Chorus, and the First Baptist Church Celebration Ringers. Santa Claus also made an appearance at the TUAC office. For photos of these events, see next week’s issues of The Thomaston Times.
Fly for Tots
The events continue Saturday morning with the 19th annual Christmas fund raiser “Fly for Tots” at the Thomaston-Upson Airport. Hosted by the West Central Georgia Flying Club, the event benefits the local Empty Stocking Fund. Flights will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. at the airport, located on Delray Road. Bring an unwrapped toy or cash donation (Adults $20, Children 16 and Under $10) to receive a free flight over Thomaston or a pancake breakfast (Saturday morning only). Passengers under 18 must have a guardian sign a waiver before the flight.
Breakfast with Santa
Another Saturday morning tradition is Breakfast or Lunch with Santa at The Rock Ranch on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. Enjoy a hot breakfast or lunch and a personal visit with Santa in Truett’s Barn for only $13.95 per person. Children two years of age or younger may sit in their parent’s lap and eat from their parent’s plate for free. Ages three years and older will require a ticket (their own reserved seat). Parents are urged to bring their own cameras to take candid shots in the dining room as Santa visits each table. Parents will also be able to take photos of their child sitting in Santa’s lap in a professional quality photo scene. There is no extra charge for photos this year because the parents are the photographers. There will be activities, such as wagon ride farm tours, Christmas movies in the theater room, letters to Santa, etc., to keep children entertained after the meal while waiting for their turn to meet with Santa. There are three seatings each Saturday. Breakfast is at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and lunch is at noon. Seating is limited and these events do sell out, so visit www.therockranch.com to make your reservations online.
Tree Lighting and
The festivities pick up again Saturday evening with the lighting of the Greatest Generation Memorial Park Christmas tree and the opening of Christmas Lane. The lighting of the tree will be held at 5:30 p.m., following by the opening night of Christmas Lane. Free parking convenience is offered by the Thomaston Church of God, and Ol’ St. Nick himself is scheduled to lead the way down R Street as the Christmas lights are turned on at each house. Christmas Lane will continue through Dec. 28.
For Christmas, The Rock Ranch invites guests to drive through over a mile of Christmas lights and the best part is, it’s free! There is a donation barrel at the end of the route for those that choose to contribute toward the cost of the lights and labor to hang them all, but no admission fee is required. This Christmas tradition started six years ago when Truett Cathy purchased a truck load of lights from Lowe’s and Home Depot after the Christmas Holidays at a discounted price. He thought families would enjoy an affordable opportunity to drive through Christmas lights. Each year the display grows. A Country Christmas in Lights is available nightly December 3-31 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
This year The Rock Ranch is providing special snacks, shopping and activities for children, on select nights, in the large building they refer to as Truett’s Barn. On Dec. 13 & 14; Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 23rd, families may park and stop in Truett’s Barn for some Christmas cheer. They’ll enjoy Christmas music, shopping among jams, jellies and gift items from the farm market, sit by a warm fire, or enjoy tasty fresh-baked goods and hot meals for purchase if they’re hungry. The kids can go through the Christmas Crafts Experience complete with Santa’s elves, a photo spot, cookie decorating, ornament making, letters to Santa, Christmas movies in the theater room and more for $10 (charge for kids only, adults tag along for no charge). Anyone can enter Truett’s Barn, the $10 allows access to the Elves’ special activities and crafts section of the barn.