Crestview Christmas events scheduled for Dec. 1

Christmas Parade

Twins Elissa and Eli Reid, then 11, wave to the crowd from the News Bulletin’s float during the 2011 Crestview Christmas Parade. This year’s parade theme is “Blessed are the Children.”

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Two Christmas events are in store for north county residents on Saturday.

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance-North kicks off the day with a holiday edition of its CALA: Crestview Area Loves the Arts festival 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crestview Public Library.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to see what our local artists have been creating and to pick up unique, handmade Christmas gifts,” alliance president Rae Schwartz said. “It’s also a great opportunity to support the arts and artists in our community.”

Exhibitors include ceramic artist Trace Connelly, wood turner Keith Gutshall, bookbinder Mary Richards and Viola Owens, who paints country motifs on decorative gourds. Area musicians will entertain throughout the event and some will offer CDs and other merchandise for sale.

Saturday evening, the annual Main Street Crestview Association Christmas Parade rolls at 5:30 p.m. when Grand Marshal Velma Conyers leads dozens of floats and marching units up the city’s main thoroughfare from south of the railroad crossing to the courthouse.

Conyers, who will soon turn 99, was a favorite choice to lead the parade, Main Street President Ellis Conner said. The idea germinated in June when the city’s Historic Preservation Board, of which he is a member, unveiled a historic marker in front of James R.L. Conyers Masonic Lodge.

Velma Conyers, a past Worthy Matron of the lodge’s Eastern Star chapter that bears her name, and a longtime community activist, attended the marker dedication ceremony at the lodge named in her late husband’s honor.

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