The Twilight Christmas parade is just days away, and it kicks off a flurry of holiday festivities in downtown Maysville.
The Maysville Main Street board announced that former Ledger Independent publisher Bob Hendrickson has been chosen as this year’s parade grand marshal.
“The opportunity to choose the parade grand marshals is a favorite task of the board’s,” Main Street Director Caroline Reece said. “Bob has not only served the community with numerous boards and organizations, he worked really hard to keep The Ledger Independent downtown when they outgrew their longtime West Second Street location. Plus, Bob’s hundreds of editorials over the years very often helped us see the big picture on many complex issues, and celebrated the smaller ones as well,” she added.
Although he said he can think of “a dozen men and women who deserve the honor more than me,” Hendrickson said he is honored by the designation.
“I am very honored to be asked to be grand marshal at the parade this year,” he said.
Although he may thinks others are more deserving, Hendrickson is sure no one loves his hometown more.
“But no one loves this city any more than I do, and I truly appreciate the support and encouragement I have received over the years,” Hendrickson said. “I am looking forward to the experience and invite everyone to come and enjoy the best little Christmas parade anywhere.”
The parade will take place on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The time is an hour later than in previous years. That idea came about after some of the Love & Live Local meetings Reece, Lacey Holleran, and Owen McNeill had with downtown merchants.
“I heard from quite a few folks that many people who work until 5 or 5:30 found it hard to get home from work, get their families, and get downtown for the parade,” Reece said. “Hopefully, a later start time will make it easier for all to enjoy the evening.”
Lineup will begin at 6:30 under the train trestle and along East Second Street. Because of the later time, visits with Santa will be before the parade instead of after. Children can see St. Nick at the Parc Café from 5-6:30 p.m. on that evening, or from noon-2 p.m. on the Saturdays of Dec. 7 and 14.
Making a return engagement to Limestone Park, a Christmas Mart will begin Friday at 4 p.m., and will also run Dec. 7, 14, and 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The mart features carolers, the Presbyterian Children’s Choir, vendors, puppet shows, live music, food and much more.
“We are always grateful to the Carlsons for sharing Limestone Park and its many happenings with the whole community,“ Reece said. “They were inspired by German Christmas marts in Mrs. Carlson’s native country, and every year they add more, “ she added. “It won’t be long before you won’t be able to tell if you’re Christmasing in Maysville or Munich!” However, if you would like to slow down a bit and celebrate your holiday the old fashioned way, Frontier Christmas will take place in Old Washington Dec. 7 and 8.
Dec. 13-15 is the third Love & Live Local weekend. With a Christmas theme, stores will be open extended hours and chocked full of things for under the tree. It is important to visit all the stores, as everyone is having a special, sale, open house, refreshments or gifts with purchase. If you are in need of entertainment after a shopping excursion, “Seasoned Greetings – A Christmas Cabaret” will be presented at the Washington Opera House. The Maysville Players are teaming up with the Limestone Chorale, Makenzie Thomas, and lots of local talent to bring a cheerful performance of holiday favorites. Performances are Dec. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
For those who like to pace their holiday eating with exercise, the Maysville Young Professionals will host a Reindeer Run 5K on Dec. 14. The run/walk begins at 10 a.m. at Rotary Park with registration starting at 9. Find out more information and how to pre-register on the Maysville Young Professionals Network Facebook page.
The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center has two traditional Christmas must-sees featured: train sets and, the reason for the season, Nativity scenes. The trains are from the collection of Fred Southworth and the Nativity displays are from near and far, around the country and the world. In addition, the museum’s own Steve White collection will be presented in the Wormald Gallery. And some of Maysville’s most beautiful Christmas decorations are only a couple inches big. The KSB miniatures collection is at it’s best and brightest during the holiday season. The Christmas exhibits run through Jan. 4.