COVINGTON - The site of the proposed Chimney Park will be transformed into a picturesque winter wonderland for an upcoming holiday event.
Taking place from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Twilights at Chimney Park will feature caroling, a storyteller, refreshments and Santa Claus, along with multiple lighted Christmas trees and figures.
There will also be a lighted cupola from the historic Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, a focal point of the Civil Rights movement and site of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. The cupola was acquired by Covington resident Fred Franklin, who specializes in high-rise restoration, during a 1999 project.
"We want people to get out and enjoy the beauty of a winter landscape," said Barbara Morgan, vice chairwoman of Friends of Newton Parks, the group that is raising funds to turn the site into a park designed with an emphasis on special-needs children. The site is located behind the Newton County Library on Floyd Street.
"It will be a lovely place to be on a Sunday afternoon," Morgan added.
Musician and storyteller Andy Irwin will entertain, along with the Oxford Youth Singers.
The Satsuki Garden Club will host a table where children can craft natural ornaments to hang on trees for birds.
Hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate and marshmallows for roasting will be included in the admission fee, which is considered a tax-deductible donation to Friends of Newton Parks Inc.
Tickets are $15 per adult, $5 per child and a maximum of $35 per family.
Tickets will be available in advance at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, Covington Cooks or United Bank. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the event.
More than 120 volunteers from various organizations have been preparing the site for the event, including Hands On Newton, Oxford College and First Baptist Church of Covington. Others have pitched in with donations, such as Berry Tree Farm, which donated the Christmas trees, Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corp., which donated site clean-up equipment and personnel, and the City of Covington, which installed temporary power to the site.
"It's a true community effort," said Terry Smith, chairman of Friends of Newton Parks. "Construction plans for the park have slowed with the economy, so this is our way of maintaining interest in this historical urban forest setting. We hope to introduce a whole new audience to the site with a fun and festive afternoon to set the stage for Christmas."
For more information about the event, call 770-385-8811.
Crystal Tatum can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SideBar: If You Go
What: Twilights at Chimney Park
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7
Where: Proposed Chimney Park site, behind the Newton County Library on Floyd Street.
Tickets: $15 per adult, $5 per child; $35 per family maximum