The Annual Christmas Parade in Eutaw, AL, sponsored by the Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce will not be held this year, due to the coronavirus. The Eutaw parade is usually held the first Thursday in December, and involves the entire Greene County community. Chamber President, Ms. Beverly Gordon is asking the municipalities, local businesses, service agencies and residents to continue to display holiday decorations to lift and share the spirit of the season.
The Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 4:40 p.m. in downtown Eutaw. This year’s theme: It’s Christmas, was selected to inspire parade participants to be truly creative in decorating the floats. Former Greene County Probate Judge, Earlean Isaac, served as the 2019 Christmas Parade Chairperson. The Christmas Parade Grand Marshals were Jeff Klug, store manager of LOVE’S Truck Stop, Lovie Burrell Parks of the Greene County Extension Office and the Eutaw Garden Club. Eutaw Mayor Raymond Steele is Honorary Grand Marshal. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony followed the Christmas Parade. With performances by children from Eutaw Primary and the GCHS Choir. Business owners were encouraged to decorate their storefronts for this festive occasion. Approximately 61 participants with floats or decorated vehicles constituted this year’s parade. Local officials, businesses and organizations participating in the parade along with the horse riders closed out the parade. Ms. Beverly Gordon, President of the Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce, commended Judge Isaac, the Christmas Committee volunteers, and the Eutaw Garden Club for coming together to make this a great success. Toney Nixon and Pastor Joe Webb produced the music. Numerous businesses decorated their store fronts to Let Their Light Shine. Iris Sermon served as coordinator with the parade line up. The Chamber’s office was transformed into Santa’s Workshop by Banks and Company’s Holiday Window Designer, Leigh Davidson. Attorney Joshua Sword served as Santa at Santa’s Workshop. Lovie Parks with the Extension Service donated over 150 gifts to children. The Chamber and the Eutaw Garden Club will host the Christmas Coffee Shop at Ruby’ throughout the month of December on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. from 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The Coffee Shop, which opened on December 5th, is sponsored by Greenetrack, Inc. Baseball Country will close out the holiday festivities with Christmas Eve on the Square. Christmas Eve on the Square will take place on December 24 from 9 a.m. until 11.am. On December 23, 2019 Children may sign up and wear their pajamas to hear Santa read Twas the Night Before Christmas located at the Coffee Shop. Milk and cookies for a $1. It will be a fun time for all. For additional information, please contact Phillis Belcher at 205-372-9769. Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce President Beverly Gordan would like to thank everyone for coming together and making this years annual Christmas parade and tree Lighting ceremony a joyous occasion, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Properous New Year. Former Probate Judge Earlean Isaac would also like to thank the participants for they support.
The Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce presented awards at its annual membership meeting and Sue Vance Memorial Dinner on Thursday, March 21, 2019, held at the LAW Center. Among the award recipients were: (L to R) Rev. Christopher Spencer, Pastor of St. Matthew Watson Baptist Church for Religion, Mayor Raymond Steele of Eutaw for Government, Dr. Marcia Pugh, CEO of Greene County Health System for Health Care, Dr. Carol and John Zippert, Co-Publishers of the Greene County Democrat for Communications, Beverly Gordon, Chamber President, Dan Williams, WestRock Paper Co. for Business, Nancy Cole for Education, District Judge Lillie Jones Osborne for Community Service, Delphine McKenzie for the Sue Vance Service Award. Not shown Luther ‘Nat’ Winn, Greenetrack for the Leadership Award. Before a delicious dinner of Italian food specialties, the group heard an inspirational address by Attorney John Stamps III of the Black Belt Law Center in Bessemer, Alabama, who also co-sponsored the event.
The annual Christmas Parade for Greene County, sponsored by the Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce, was held Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, with the Greene County Baptist District Association’s float winning 1st place. Lighthouse Christian School’s float won 2nd place and the Warrior Academy float won 3rd place. All winners receive ribbons designating their places.
Eutaw Mayor Raymond Steele served as Grand Marshall. This year’s theme, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas featured the Old Courthouse Square in the center of town beautifully adorned in Christmas and holiday decor.
Other local officials participating in the parade included District Judge Lillie Osborne with her youth group SPOT (Strategically Preparing Our Teens) and Retire Probate Judge Earlean Isaac.
Local businesses and organizations sponsoring floats included; Young People Alliance Organization (YPAO); Debutantes sponsored by Greene County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Eutaw City Fire Department with Santa on board; Dr. Warren Burke and Mrs. Brenda Burke in horse-pulled buggy; Christian Lighthouse School; with the horse riders closing out the parade.
Following the lighting of the Christmas tree many joined in singing Christmas Carols on the square. The featured groups were Eutaw Primary School students and the Greene County High School Choir.
Special holiday greetings were shared by Greene County School Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, Sr. and Eutaw Mayor Raymond Steele.
Mr. James Lewis, President of the Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce, along with a committee of Chamber members and other volunteers organized the Christmas Parade and related events. Numerous businesses decorated their store fronts lifting that old saying: Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
An exceptionally large crowd was out to view the festivities and purchase snacks from the vendors.