Santa’s Warrior Gift Shop, which benefits the Warrior Exhibit, a lasting tribute to Lincoln County’s veterans, will aid in the continuation of the project, expected to be in its new home by the Host of Christmas Past street festival.
For the past three years, Santa’s Warrior Gift Shop has offered great cash and carry items for the Christmas season with vendor fees benefitting the Warrior Project, currently housed at the Fayetteville Recreation Center. The Warrior Project includes photos of well over a thousand veterans who lived here and served or are serving in the military. The exhibit will move to its new home at 113 Main Avenue North hopefully in time for the festival, said Linda Williams, one of the organizers of the exhibit.
“It’s going to be beautiful,” Williams said, confirming last week that organizers hope to have the exhibit in place at its new location by Host of Christmas Past weekend, Nov. 8-10.
Folks looking to begin their Christmas shopping can find a number of vendors at the Santa’s Warrior Gift Shop, open this year on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Fayetteville Municipal Building. Vendors will be located both upstairs and downstairs. Visitors can access the shop via the side door and front door. The elevator is available for those unable to use stairs to reach the upper level.
Vendors confirmed thus far will offer Scentsy, ornaments, Set a Pearl, baked goods, Tee’s Treasures, Mary Kay, Paparazzi/Knitting, Color Street, Younique, Avon and other Christmas items.
A number of Host activities were highlighted in last week’s edition of The Times, and more activities continue to be confirmed, including the return of “Abraham Lincoln”, who will share stories of the life and times of Honest Abe by the man himself. You can meet Mr. Lincoln at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday at the courthouse.
“His schedule has cleared this year, and we are so happy to have him back,” said Carolyn Denton, a member of the festival organizing committee.
The Cemetery Stroll at First Presbyterian Church, from 5 until 8 p.m. on Saturday evening of the festival, is always a popular event. Visitors see history come alive in Fayetteville’s first cemetery.
“This year, there will be new characters with new stories to be told,” said Denton.
Kids’ Village has been expanded this year and will include Fayetteville Fire Department’s “Big Red Fire Truck”, where kids can climb, explore and try on gear. A fun-filled holiday photo booth, complete with props and hats, will be available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Cheer Magic will bring its 60-member competitive squad for a performance at 11 a.m.
The Wishing Tree will be on the courthouse lawn. There, you can write a wish for yourself or someone else on an ornament to decorate the outdoor Christmas tree.
Music and dance performances will be held throughout the day on the courthouse bandstand. The day kicks off with the National Anthem at 8:45 a.m., sung by Jean Worley. Other performers are Simply Fabulous at 9 a.m.; A Frayed Knot Band, 10 a.m.; Backstage Performing Arts, 11 a.m.; Lance Carter, 12 p.m.; Sunny Nix, 12:30 p.m.; Jacob Painter, 1 p.m.; Madison Community Band, 2 p.m.; Wanda Tate, 3 p.m.; Dance Academy, 4 p.m.; and a final concert by AC Junction at 4:30 p.m.
Riverside Christian Academy, located in the Huntsville Highway zone of the festival, will once again host a Craft Show & Business Expo from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Only one trolley will be available this year to transport folks to and from off-site parking areas, Denton said, noting that because of the wear and tear on trolleys having to travel the interstate to get here, the company providing the trolleys will only allow one for the festival.
The trolley route includes stops at Lincoln Plaza for off-site parking at Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home, the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum for parking at the Farmers’ Market, Lincoln County High School and the corner of Main and Market going north.
For more information about the Host festival, visit www.hostofchristmaspast.com and watch The Times for continued coverage in a series of articles highlighting Host activities.