In under four months, Santa will be preparing his reindeer to give presents to all the boys and girls on the nice list, and the Town of Kilmichael is working to welcome Santa to the square with new elements, new scenes, and a new date for him to make his grand appearance in the Kilmichael Christmas Parade.
Lisa Breazeale, Sally Woods and Matt Bennett went before the Kilmichael Board of Aldermen to discuss Christmas on the Square. Breazeale said this year there is “No Place Like Home for the Holidays.” She said their goal for this year, and for future years, is to create stationary scenes, instead of switching them out year after year and building on the those particular scenes.
She said the committee wants to add new scenes, create a Christmas village and add new elements like tunnels and lights that stretch across so people can walk under.
“We also want to update the lights on the businesses, and we want to have garlands and wreaths on every business,” she said. Breazeale said they also want to purchase an outdoor artificial Christmas tree for the memorial tree.
“Real trees are just hard to find and the ornaments will hold up better on the artificial tree,” she said. Breazeale said they will continue to sell memorial ornaments because they’ve been very successful with it. She also said they’re going to sell sponsorships and the company’s logo will be on Facebook and on a sign in a designated area.
Breazeale said Christmas on the Square is also working to become a 501c3 so they can receive a tax write off. She said they wanted to light the square on November 19 to draw in those people that may be coming home on Thanksgiving as well.
“We also want to change the date of the Christmas parade. Instead of the first Saturday in December, we want to do it on the first Friday at 7 p.m.,” she said.
Brezeale said that on the first Saturday in December, the town of Vaiden – who has also move their parade for the same reason – Carrollton and North Carrollton all have their parades on the same date.
“And then there was something in French Camp, it was a lot going on that day. And this isn’t set in stone, if we see that Friday doesn’t work, we can move it back to Saturday,” she said. Bennett said the only other parade on that day was in Greenwood and their parade began at 5 p.m.
Breazeale said it was hard for the dancers that were in the parade to make it to Kilmichael from the Carrollton and North Carrollton parade. She said by moving it, the hope is they’ll be able to catch more people that will attend and it wouldn’t be as big as a conflict.
She said the goal of Christmas on the Square was to make it a destination. “You know those small town lists they have on Facebook, we want to be on one of those lists,” she said.
“You all are doing a good job. I have people on my job that are talking about it,” Alderman Earnest Curtis said. “They’re planning to attend this year.” Breazeale said they saw it was a lot of talk about it on Facebook last year, so people are taking notice and they are coming out.
Breazeale asked the board to help repair a water leak in the workshop. She said a water pipe burst and there was water all in the building.
Also, the board discussed the issue of speeding in the town. Police Chief Barry Gregg said people are beginning to take notice when he watching and they are starting to slow down.
Public Works Director Josh Pearson said they’ve been installing rumble strips and have to order more. He said there were down to two more strips, before needing more.
“Mr. Earnest’s speed bump is working, people slow down more now,” Gregg said.
The board recessed until August 25 at 6 p.m. when they will have their budget work session before the public hearing in September.