If you felt like a caged animal during all the weather last week, get ready to break free. This weekend in Chickasha, beginning Thursday, we have seven great events planned this weekend in the area. You heard us right, SEVEN great events. Events Begin Thursday with the annual Christmas parade on Chickasha Avenue and the theme for this year’s parade is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and will feature the cast of the Chickasha Community Theatre on the first float. This year the city along with the Main Street group decided to add a little extra Christmas spirit to downtown with a tree made of lights at the entrance to the Rock Island Depot.
The parade will begin at 7 pm on Chickasha Avenue and will conclude with the lighting of the tree, with comments from Mayor Ross, Christmas songs performed by Chickasha Middle School Choir and hot cider.
Following the parade on Thursday, two events will begin on Friday. For those who have never attended, the first is a must-attend event. The annual Plainview Mennonite Chili Supper and Bake Sale is always a great event that is sure to fill your bellies with great chili and even better baked goods. This event will be held Friday at the Grady County Fairgrounds Community Building.
After you’ve had a chance to fill your belly, take in the opening of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” performed by the actors and actresses of the Chickasha Community Theatre. The first performance is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30 in the completely renovated Washita Theater. Two showings at 2 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday and an afternoon matinee on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at www.chickashatheatre.wellattended.com
Saturday morning after eating a bowl of hearty chili and filling your belly with wonderful baked goods, you can join in the 1st Annual Optimist Club “Christmas Carroll” 5k run. This event will begin at 8 am. The run will benefit high school seniors.
In addition, to the 5k run, the city of Minco is hosting its annual Honey Festival. A short jaunt up highway 81 will allow you and your family to take in this great community event and obviously taste and purchase honey to your hearts desire.
On Sunday, Bible Baptist Church, is beginning one of the many Christmas performances of three different seasonal programs. Sunday evening’s performance is a dinner theater. Please contact Bible Baptist Church to RSVP. The event is free, however, donations will be accepted to support mission work the youth will be completing.
And if all of this is not enough, the annual Festival of Light has begun at Shannon Springs Park. The Festival opens every night at dusk and runs until 10 pm. The weekend is a great time to spend some time in the park and with this weekend’s forecast it is also a great night to park the car and walk through the extraordinary light display. With many new light displays and new food truck vendors this is a great opportunity to really enjoy your evening. The camel has arrived for camel rides, Santa will be next to the gift shop listening to all boys and girls gift lists for Christmas and taking pictures, food trucks have a wide variety of great food items to fill your belly and the gift shop also has great food items including awesome cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate. Pick up your commemorative Festival of Light t-shirt. If you missed seeing Shane Henry and Maggie McClure you can still hear their music. And if you were there and enjoyed it, you can continue to hear their awesome duets. Their newly released Christmas CD is in the gift shop for purchase.