Submitted By Christy Schafer
Like the old song says, “We need a little Christmas.” In this semi post-pandemic year, we all need a little Christmas more than ever!
The Town of Bermuda Run and volunteers from the community will host Christmas in the Town of Bermuda Run on Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., rain or shine at the Town Hall Gazebo in the Kinderton Business Park located on Kinderton Blvd., Bermuda Run.
This first annual Christmas in the Town of Bermuda event was born out of the 2020 idea to light a tree atop Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center. “It was a sad year, and we needed something to look at that would bring us joy,” commented Rosanne Peacock in a recent “tree meeting.” “The tree lighting raised considerable funds donated to Family Promise and the Medical Center’s staff emergency fund.”
The idea, conceived by three Bermuda Run residents, Peacock, Sharon Reid, and Christy Schafer, now dubbed the “Tree-O” by Bermuda Run Mayor Rick Cross, felt a community event was possible this year.
“‘Christmas in the Town of Bermuda Run’ has become a truly collaborative community event. Our residents, charitable organizations, and business organizations have embraced the idea and helped bring the concept to reality,” said Schafer. “Everyone we speak to is genuinely excited about the event. I feel like we need a little Christmas! It’s been a couple of tough years.”
“The beauty of the event is that it is outside. There will be music, decorations, treats and, the best part is that the children can have a visit with Santa safely,” Reid chimed in.
So how do you bring an event like this to reality? With many hands! The “Tree-O” has enlisted the help of the Davie Chamber of Commerce, Smith Grove Fire Department, Steelman’s Ace Hardware, Bermuda Run Garden Club, Mocksville Woman’s Club, DavieLiFE, Bermuda Run Living, Bermuda Run Country Club, Hillsdale Real Estate Group, Maddie Cakes, and many individual supporters. The list of businesses and supporters continues to grow. “Sharon, Rosanne, and I conceived the event to be a gift to the children of our community, so it takes charity from our businesses and individual donors,” Schafer commented.
Seeing a bigger picture, the “Tree-O'” has a dream for all the business owners in the Bermuda Run community to illuminate their place of business with white lights along the frontage. “We have a plan for that,” Peacock says enthusiastically, citing the Town of Mocksville’s Hallmark look at Christmas and envisioning the same in Bermuda Run. “Wouldn’t it be beautiful if the entire county celebrated the season with lights?”
The fun-filled family event will begin with the arrival of the Town’s own Santa Claus escorted with much fanfare by the Smith Grove Fire Department. Following Santa’s appearance, the kids will have games managed by the Bermuda Run Tennis volunteers. An ornament craft-making center for the kids, hosted by the Bermuda Run Garden Club, will produce edible bird-friendly ornaments. The edible decorations will hang on the Town tree. In addition, Hillsdale Real Estate Group will generously provide carriage rides with horses decked out in melodic sleigh bells and carriage masters from the Dickens era.
“The beauty of the event is that it is outside. There will be music, decorations, treats, and the best part is that the children can visit Santa safely. There may even be a visit from our own Buddy the Elf. In addition, Christy has written a Suess-type story to commemorate the day. A special guest will read the story,” Reid emphasized.
Steelman’s Ace Hardware, Bermuda Run Country Club, The Mocksville Woman’s Club, Maddie Cakes, and Bermuda Run Living will provide festive treats.
Do you like tacky colorful Christmas sweaters? Do you wear them proudly during the holiday season? Bermuda Run Cares will judge a Tacky Sweater Contest for the adults. So, dress up and be seen in your tackiest of tacky!
For children who enjoy kitchen activities, a Gingerbread House decorating contest, judged by local chefs, will be held during the festivities. Participants can obtain the guidelines on the Town’s Facebook page after November 12. Barry Rentz, The Musical Jukebox will provide holiday music for the day.
The event will culminate in the lighting of the Town’s Christmas tree and a good old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-along.
The Bermuda Run Garden Club has lovingly donated the living Christmas Tree. We will watch it grow!
For more information regarding this event, to donate or volunteer, please email TreeOBR@gmail.com.