Christmas in the Village is December 14

Reported by Susanne Green

Pine Mountain Village is once again a perfect North Pole fantasy, with elves and grinches, Santa and doggie reindeer for Christmas in the Village Saturday, Dec. 14, 12–4 p.m. Come dressed as an elf or a toy, bring your “reindog” and join the line-up led by Santa at 11:45 a.m. for the Children’s March around the Village, from the south side of Pine Mountain General Store winding around the village to end at Santa’s Workshop (aka the Gazebo). Children will decorate a giant Christmas tree there. • Old Saint Nick will be in 12:30–2:30 p.m. for a “BYOC” (bring your own camera) photo-op. More fun includes:

•The Bear Claw Bakery and La Leña Mexican Restaurant will be open for breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Village restaurants and shops will be open throughout the day, to serve your holiday whims.

• Stop in at Café Silva Bella at 1 p.m. to see Allie Jo perform “Songs by the Fireside” from her Family Country Christmas CD.

• Café Silva Bella will serve up a frothy stream of hot chocolate during its Cocoa Happy Hour, 1–2 p.m., 50 cents a cup. • Cookie decorating at the PMCCC log house, 12:30–3 p.m., with Christmas storytelling by Betsy Galloway and friends. Soup, bread and hot chocolate will be served.

•At 2 p.m. Miss Wendy of Chatterpillar will transform willing faces into those of elves and dolls at Basecamp, while Marie Bogdanoff makes candy cane balloons and an open mic invites music or poetry performances.

•At 3 p.m. Pine Mountain Christian Community Church enacts The Greatest Story Ever Told with music and a nativity scene. •Donate canned goods to the local food banks at Pine Mountain General Store.

•The Village will be lit up for the festivities, so an early donation of decorations and help from volunteers will be welcomed. Call Diana Chase, owner of Pine Mountain Inn (242-1982) and Allie Jo Thomas (242-2321) to help.

•Carrie Noguera of Café Silva Bella promises, “While there is snow falling from the sky, there will be free hot chocolate for everyone.”

This is part of the December 13, 2013 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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