BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Habitat for Humanity of Fannin & Gilmer Counties received a $1,250 donation from Light Up Blue Ridge at the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Friday, Jan. 5.
The donation, Pam Fink, vice president and chairwoman of Light Up Blue Ridge, explained, was a remainder amount from the donations Light Up received from the community during 2017. Fink stated because Light Up is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, any remainder amount the organization has at the end of the year after the annual holiday events’ expenses are covered goes to another charitable organization.
This year, Fink said, they chose Habitat for Humanity with the caveat that Habitat provide a representative to help coordinate Light Up Blue Ridge’s holiday events and activities. Habitat agreed, and Thomas Arp served as that representative on the Light Up committee. Fink spoke highly of Arp’s willingness to help Light Up Blue Ridge during the past year saying, “The man only knows one word: ‘Yes.'”
Of the partnership Habitat and Light Up shared in 2017, Habitat Executive Director Chris Hall said, “It’s nice to be involved with the Light Up committee. (Habitat has) never, as far as I know, been involved in a downtown event like that, and now because of our mailbox playhouse, with the letters to Santa idea, we get to do that annually. So, it’s not only a great partnership, but it was really a step up in the direction that we’re raising more awareness in the community.”
[Featured image: From left, Ron Pace, Habitat volunteer, Hank Chapman, Habitat volunteer, Ed Steers, Habitat volunteer, Chris Hall, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Fannin & Gilmer Counties, Debbie Peterson, Habitat volunteer, Pam Fink, Light Up Blue Ridge vice president and chairwoman, Kit Miracle, Light Up treasurer, Kim Deutsch, Light Up member, Alan Schulman, Habitat volunteer, and Thomas Arp, Habitat volunteer and representative on Light Up Blue Ridge committee.]
Pam Fink came to talk to us today about the Light Up Blue Ridge events that are coming up this year. This is a GREAT family fun event for all to enjoy. There is so much to get you into the Christmas spirit, from Tuba Christmas, strolling elves, the Gingerbread Man, Santa on the train, the night time parade and MORE! Check out Light Up Blue Ridge’s website for all the details on these great Holiday events.
- Professional – Baker, Restaurant, Culinary School, Caterer
- Business & Organization – Any Business or Organization within tri-state area
- Adult Individual – 18 years & over
- Youth Individual – 17-13 ages
- Kids – 12 & under group or individual
- Fine Artist (New this year)
Light up Blue Ridge, Downtown City Park November 28, 2015
Beginning at 10:30 at the Downtown City Park, there will be music on the Main Stage, The Parade line up begins in front of the Baptist Church at 11:00 am, Santa arrives on the train at 11:30 am and the parade starts at 12:00 ! Through the afternoon and evening there will be new music on the Main Stage for your enjoyment until the lighting of the tree around 7:00 pm. You won’t want to miss the live reindeer pulling Mr. and Mrs. Claus!
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|Friday’s events: BLUE FRIDAY|
|10:00-11:00||Judging of the Gingerbread Village Houses|
|11:00-6:00||Elves and Christmas Characters throughout downtown to help visitors and shoppers, give direction, answer questions|
|11:30||Grand Opening of the Gingerbread Village|
|1:30||Fannin High Elves Perform a Flash Mob – Robert’s Way|
|11:00-6:00||Various performances throughout downtown – lots of surprises!!!!|
|12:00-3:30||Horse and Carriage Rides in downtown|
|12:00-6:00||Downtown Food Vendors & Children’s Activities in the park|
|4:00||Fannin High Elves perform flash mob at Depot Street|
|6:00||Town wide Caroling: candles and song books will be handed out, line up in front of the Baptist Church and join us as we walk through downtown singing. Store owners, please come to your doors and join in as we walk through the downtown.|
|Saturday’s events: LIGHT UP BLUE RIDGE|
|10:30-11:15||Tuba Christmas performs on Main Stage|
|11:00||Parade line up begins in front of Baptist Church towards Grumpy Old Men|
|11:30||Santa Arrives on the Train|
|1:15||MAIN ENTERTAINMENT BEGINS ON MAIN STAGE|
|1:15-1:45||Keyera Grant – UGA Voice Major|
|2:00-2:30||Rusty Thomas – Highland Tabernacle Church|
|2:45-3:15||Lindsay Harper – Local Vocalist|
|3:30-4:00||Christian Mims-Wolfe – Local Vocalist|
|4:15-4:45||Quinn Leach – Local Guitarist|
|5:00-5:30||L.A. Sound – Lowe Family – Local Family Band|
|5:45-6:45||Emily Carey – Local Vocalist, UGA Voice Major|
|6:45||Blessing of Downtown Blue Ridge and our Community|
|7:00||Emily Carey & Lighting of our Great Tree “Oh Holy Night”|
|7:00-?||Emily Carey & All Performers|
LIGHT UP BLUE RIDGE, 2015 FINAL SCHEDULE
Highlighting the events scheduled for Light Up Ellijay and Light Up Blue Ridge, BKP walks through the planned festivities.
Highlighting Light Up Blue Ridge and What’s up with the Blue Ridge City Council?