Last night after work I drove to Hartwell , GA to see the Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting at the main town square outside the courthouse. I arrived about an hour late because of work. The tree was already lit, but I still enjoyed the sights. Hartwell is a small town. Tonight it was more crowded than usual, but the traffic was not bad.
Most of the attractions catered to the children. Of course, any local Christmas event needs a Santa. He and his wife were there to greet and talk to the children. The line was quite long.
There was also an inflatable slide.
One of my favorite parts was the train ride (no, I did not take a ride). Parents could buy rides around the block on the SantaLand Express for their children for $3.00.
There were a few snacks, such as cookies and hot chocolate. People could also make a donation and tie a ribbon to the tree to benefit Hart County Foster Children.
I enjoyed the ladies’ choral group from Hart County High School singing Christmas songs. They had good voices which blended well.
I do not live in Hartwell. I live 20 minutes away outside Royston. Nonetheless, I do a fair amount of shopping in Hartwell, and so for me it is still a part of home. I visited this event because I want to start covering some local events. In a few weeks I hope to report on the Royston and Hartwell Christmas parades. I will be unable to cover both in full because they happen only an hour apart, but I will do what I can.
As I was walking to my car, the train passed my parking space.
After a long day at work it is tempting to go home and relax, but I am glad I did this. I did not stay long, but it was still a nice break from my weekly routine.