Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The spirit of the season

Holiday events in Goochland provide a dose of holiday spirit generous enough to bring a smile to the most curmudgeonly Scrooge.

Beginning on Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 7, Salem Baptist Church presents its 10th annual Bethlehem Walk. Located on the Salem Broad Street Road campus, just west of Centerville, Bethlehem Walk is a visit to that humble, yet precious town under the star. This approach to the Christmas Story offers surprisingly contemporary insights to faith and humanity. Hours are: Wednesday, 6 – 9 PM; Thursday, 6 – 9 PM; Friday, 6 – 10 PM; Saturday, 4 – 9 PM; and Sunday, 3 – 8 PM. For more information, visit

Goochland will light its first community Christmas tree on Friday, December 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Goochland Sports Complex (behind the administration building on Sandy Hook Road.) In addition to the tree lighting, there will be activities for children, cookies and hot chocolate, and a visit from a certain jolly gentleman who likes to dress in red.

On Saturday, December 7 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Centerville Company 3 will hold its annual Santa breakfast at the Company 3 fire-rescue station located at 52 Broad Street Road in Centerville. Following a free, cooked to order breakfast, everyone is welcome to have an important chat with the jolly gentleman. The event is open to all and provides a great opportunity to meet the volunteers who save lives and protect property every day in Goochland.

Field Day of the Past offers it annual gift to the community as it open its grounds from 4 to 8 pm for free. A walk among buildings rescued from the wrecking ball is a visit to an earlier time when things were simpler and less frantic. Field Day is located on the east side of Ashland Road just north of Bogey’s in Centerville.

For those who live in River Road community, be on the lookout for that jolly gentleman. Rumor has it that he is going to commandeer a fire truck—the red matches his outfit—to spread holiday cheer and perhaps lead a carol or two. Singing warms the heart and clears the head!
Share the joy of the season; it brightens the short December days.

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