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Think you have the “Best Christmas Photo?” If so send it in to eParisExtra.com to win a 500 tickets for the $10,000 Shop Local Drawing. The drawing for the $10,000 cash prize is Tuesday, December 17 at 7 p.m. in downtown Paris. You must be present to win.
Send in your Christmas Photo – cute, funny, tacky, original, whatever (one entry per person, eParisExtra.com reserves the right to refuse to publish any lewd or offensive photos) to email@example.com.
Photos will be posted on eParisExtra and the winner will be chosen by reader votes (one vote per email address per day). All photos must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, December 8. Voting will begin at 9am on Monday, Dec. 9, and end at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.
The Christmas Photo with the most votes at 5 p.m. on Dec. 16 will be declared the winner of the 500 tickets and will be notified by email.
The Santa Paws for a Cause 1 mile Dog Parade is set for 10:00 a.m. December 14, 2013 on the west side of the JJ Culbertson Fountain in Historic downtown Paris, Texas. Formally the Santa Paw’s Dog Dash, the event has added several new twists. Family’s are encouraged to enter this pet friendly event in historic downtown. Non-motorized Floats are welcome or owners may just “Strut their Mutt.” The Parade is benefiting the Lamar County Humane Association and the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Parade line up begins at 9:45 a.m.
Everyone is invited to the pre-parade activities beginning at 8:30 am with “Bone-a- petite” breakfast of a Schlotzsky’s mini cinnabon and coffee, benefiting the Lamar County Humane Association. Other activities include free professional “pawtraits” with Santa Clause to all parade participants, opportunities to create 2013 a keepsake pooch “paw prints” ornaments benefiting the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Dogs and masters can try out the Ruff Rally Challenge Course, sponsored by Bar Lo Kennels. A professional dog trainer will be on site.
Several contests include best dressed holiday dog, best dressed master dog duo, most talented dog, and best floats, with prizes sponsored by PetCo. Spectators are encouraged to visit historic downtown Paris and cheer the dogs raising their paws for a cause. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations and their owners must register before entering the Parade of Champions. All paid registrations will receive a Santa Paws for a Cause commemorative t-shirt and dog bandana while supplies last.
For more information, please contact City of Paris Main Street Coordinator Cheri Bedford, 903-784-9293 or email Cbedford@paristexas.gov. Or visit www.holidayinparistexas.com and download an entry form. Cost: $20 for pre-registration thru Friday December 13th at noon, $25 on December 14th. Organizers are promising a howling good time for dogs and their companions.
Wassail is a seasonal spiced cider served as a hot drink and comes from an old English tradition. Those participating in Wassail fest become the connoisseurs for the best wassail while shopping the stores, visiting the galleries or other businesses and enjoying a day in downtown Paris.
Participants have a chance to win prizes representative of downtown. Last year was the first year for the event, and approximately150 ballots were completed.
To turn in a ballot and be eligible for door prizes, participants must visit a minimum number of stores and taste their wassail to vote on which downtown establishment has the best Wassail.
At the end of the day, all boxes will be collected, and everyone who completed the required number of stops will be entered in a drawing for one of several prizes donated by local businesses. The ballots will be officially tallied by the City of Paris Main Street office. The business that receives the most points is recognized as the “2013 Wassail Master” and will receive a trophy.
The “Wassail Master” and door prize winners will be announced via email and a phone call by Monday after the event.
“Songs of the Season,” which has become a Christmas tradition in Paris, is on the schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of East Baptist Church, 725 N. Collegiate Dr.
“This performance will mark its 25th anniversary,” said Pat Fowzer, event organizer and director of the Paris Community Choir, which is participating this year along with the Paris high School Chorale directed by Jan Blize, and the North Lamar High School Chamber Singers, directed by Rebecca Hildreth.
For the fourth year, the event is sponsored by the Paris Community Theatre.
The tradition of presenting this annual concert began when the Paris Junior College Chorale and the Paris High School Chorale joined together to sing the “Durufle Requiem,” Fowzer said.
From that point, the two choirs presented Handel’s “Messiah” accompanied by the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra.
Each year the concert grew in popularity and became known for presenting a variety of Christmas music.
“After six years, the concert was officially named ‘Songs of the Season,’ and the North Lamar choir began to participate,” Fowzer said.
“Today, the aforementioned three choirs combine with the band directors and instrumental students from the Paris and North Lamar schools to make an outstanding orchestra along with Paul Tullis of Fort Worth, who brings an incredible string ensemble each year from the Metroplex. This provides an opportunity for the audience to hear these talented singers accompanied by an orchestra,” Fowzer said.
The 25th anniversary concert of “Songs of the Season” will have a new venue this year — East Baptist Church.
This year’s concert also features the Paris Community Choir singing selections from the newest Christmas repertoire and the Paris and North Lamar Choirs joining together to sing their favorites from past concerts.
In addition, the combined high school choirs will premier a selection written by Greenville High School choir director, Jordan Ricks, a North Lamar graduate. Ricks’ composition, “The Hope of Advent,” is to be published in 2014.
“It is always the greatest wish of each director and each choir that the audience members will continue to look forward to starting their personal holiday season by attending The Songs of the Season and making it a family tradition every year,” Fowzer said. “All of the participants are grateful to the staff of East Baptist Church who will host this concert in their beautifully decorated sanctuary.”
Among this year’s selections: “O Holy Night”, “Breath of Heaven”, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”, “Let All Mortal Flesh”, and “Mary Did You Know?”
The audience will again be asked to join in the traditional audience sing-a-long entitled “Gloria, A Carol Medley.”
The evening will conclude with “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.
Accompanists for the evening include Dottie Billman from Paris High School, Fowzer from North Lamar High School, and Thomas Belew, who plays for the Paris Community Choir. Belew will be joined by Linda Flanary for a four-hand piano duet to accompany one of the choral pieces.
“I strongly believe that with each passing year, the quality of this performance continues to improve,” Fowzer said.
“These dedicated directors help their students achieve honor after honor including the UIL Sweepstakes awards, Solo and Ensemble honors, All Region, All Area, and All State Choir and Band honors. On top of all of this, they find time to prepare for this concert as well as their own fall and Christmas concerts. It is an amazing feat of dedication on the part of all involved,” Fowzer said.
Tickets can be purchased from several outlets around town, including:
Tickets are $8 per person, and children under 5 are admitted free. Tickets are also available online through the Paris Community website. The doors will open at 7 o’clock on the night of the concert, and tickets can be purchased at the door as well.
Anyone with questions about the concert may contact Fowzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“So, do not let anything stand in your way of enjoying the magnificent sounds of Christmas on Tuesday evening, Dec. 3!” Fowzer said.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
The Gingerbread House Extravaganza has become an annual tradition. Hosted by First United Methodist Church, this event allows children to come in and decorate their very own Gingerbread House, choosing literally from a buffett of candy decorations.
This year’s event is Thursday, December 5th from 1pm to 5pm in First United Methodist Church Youth Building, located at 322 Lamar Avenue in Paris.
You can purchase your tickets at the church office. Tickets are $10 for first house and $5 for each additional family member. Call 903-785-4557 for more information.
This event is open to the public and all proceeds go to First United Methodist Children’s Ministry Program.