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Subject: A Christmas Poem
we all have seen several of these poems every Christmas but in my humble opinion this one wins the prize for the best. God love and bless our military…….



A Christmas Poem


The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love, I would sleep,
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.
The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know,

Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
“What are you doing?” I asked without fear,
“Come in this moment, it’s freezing out here!
Put down your pack; brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!”
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,

To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light.
Then he sighed and he said “Its really all right,
I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.”

“It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore,
I’m proud to stand here like my fathers before.
My Gramps died at Pearl on a day in December.”
Then he sighed, “That’s a Christmas Gram always remembers.”

“My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ‘ Nam ‘,
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures; he’s sure got her smile.”
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue… an American flag.

“I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life for my sister or brother,
Who stand at the front against any and all
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.”
“So go back inside,” he said, “Harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I’ll be all right.”
“But isn’t there something I can do, at the least?
Give you money,” I asked, “Or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you’ve done,
for being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
“Just tell us you love us, and never forget
To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
that we mattered to you as you mattered to us.”

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can?

Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.

Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe.

Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.




dec_16_coverTo all of you who have not read our December issue- Click on magazine and enjoy.

Happy Holidays …

gods-bread-basketWe want to thank all the friends of 85 South for their generosity in helping us donate to God’s bread basket, we not only surpass last years donations with goods but also money.

God bless you all and Merry Christmas…

the week of December 21


REMINDER: Events included in this weekly list are compiled from the online community calendar at: http://business.lagrangechamber.com/events. To ensure your activity is included, and to let everyone know where they need to be, please enter the event/activity details on the community calendar. Only events/activities sponsored or hosted by Chamber members are included.


Chamber News and Events


From the Chamber staff, we wish you a joyous Holiday season and a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year. The Chamber office will be closed Monday, December 26 – Monday, January 2. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.


$hop at Home Certificates

The perfect gift for friends and family, $hop at Home certificates can be purchased in increments of $10, $15, $25 and $50. Stop by the Chamber office at 111 Bull Street to pick up your last-minute gifts. Better yet, call us ahead at 706-884-8671 to order the $hop at Home certificates and we will have them ready at your convenience.


Chamber Christmas Ornaments

The 2016 Chamber Christmas Ornament is still available. Ornaments are $10 each or 3 for $25. Quantities are limited so get yours at the Chamber office today.


Thursday, January 19, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

2017 Annual Membership Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, January 19 at the Callaway Conference Center for our Annual Membership Meeting including dinner from C’sons and entertainment provided by Jordy Searcy, a former contestant on The Voice. Our program will be provided by Great Wolf Executives who will update guests on the Great Wolf LaGrange project.


Dinner will feature a variety of dishes inspired by the Great Wolf menu and includes appetizers, salad, entrée, dessert and beverages including beer and wine. The festivities begin at 5:30 with registration and appetizers. Dinner and the program begin at 6:30. $50/member or $400/table of 8; table sponsors will be recognized at the event.


Seating is limited so please register here today: http://business.lagrangechamber.com/events/details/2017-annual-meeting-2843


Hogansville Hummingbird Trail Call for Artists

In collaboration with the City of Hogansville and the Hogansville Downtown Development Authority, the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Advisory Council has commissioned up to 15 fiberglass hummingbird figures to be installed at significant historic locations around the downtown Hogansville footprint to create The Hummingbird Trail. Visit http://www.lagrangechamber.com/special-events to learn more and download the instructions on how to submit your proposal. The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 15, 2017.



PLEASE NOTE: All LaGrange Memorial Library and Hogansville Library events are available at the end of this list.


Now – Dec 24

Buy a Tree Change a Life

City Light Church has partnered with “BUY A TREE CHANGE A LIFE” (www.buyatreechangealife.com). We will be selling Christmas trees (200ct) at City Light Church located @ 501 Fourth Ave. In 2015, BUY A TREE CHANGE A LIFE partnered across the country to help children globally and locally. For further information, contact Lisa Taylor @ (706) 884-8494.


December 23-24

Follow The Shepherds Walks

Walks are ongoing, with the first one at 6 pm. Follow the journey of Joseph and Mary as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem and learn new insights into the Christmas story. These evening walks can be done in conjunction with the Christmas multi-media presentation.


Christmas Multi-Media Presentation: “Two Different Kings”

This multi-media presentation in the Roman stepped theatre contrasts the difference between the world of King Herod the Great and King Jesus of Nazareth as understood by his early followers. The show will feature the discoveries in the recently excavated tomb of Herod.


Biblical History Center, 130 Gordon Commercial Drive, LaGrange, Make reservations early, $10 adults/$6 children, 706-885-0363, BiblicalHistoryCenter.com

Contact Information: Penny Smart- 706-885-0363, Follow the Shepherds Walk included with admission.


Now – December 24

Holiday Carriage Rides

Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through Downtown LaGrange courtesy of Downtown Partners & Merchants. Weather permitting. Rides start at the corner of S. LaFayette Square and Bull Street by the Chamber Plaza, Thursday & Fridays 5:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 pm Mini horse and sleigh at the Square Saturday 1 to 4:00 pm Sunday 2 to 5:00 pm. Contact Information: Barbie Watts, Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, 706-298-4534, www.downtownlagrange.com. Fees/Admission: Free Tipping is encouraged ($5.00 to $10.00 per ride) Public is invited!


Now – December 26, 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Hills & Dales Holidays

The Callaway home will be decorated for Christmas using all fresh greens with the Christmas tree specially styled circa 1916. A wonderful scaled gingerbread house replicating the Neel Reid designed Callaway home will be on display in the Palm Room.

Hills & Dales Estate – House and garden tour: $15 adults, $7 students (age 7 – through college); Garden only tour: $8 adults, $4 students (children 6 and under are free)

706-882-3242; info@hillsanddales.org, hillsanddales.org


Thursday, December 22, 7:00 PM

Once Upon A December

International Entertainer and Educator Julia Langley will once again present the wonderful Christmas Celebration “Once Upon A December” on Thursday night, December 22 at 7:00 PM at New Horizon Theatre.  This musical extravaganza, bringing songs of the season – both traditional and contemporary – features Ms Langley, regional favorite Alabama Avenue, many talented local performers, and a special appearance by former Miss Alabama and current CBS News personality Jaime Langley.  Seating is General Admission.  All seats are $15 with proceeds going toward the New Horizon Theatre Scholarship Fund.

New Horizon Theatre, 411 W 8th St., West Point, $15. For tickets: Call the theater @ 706/643-7529 or email us at tickets@nhct.org


Sunday, December 25, 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM

Christmas Dinner at Callaway Gardens

Executive Chef Sid Kurrimbukus and his team of culinary wizards are creating a Christmas feast … perfect to celebrate a special day with your friends and family. Choose from two delicious buffets. The Piedmont dining room at the Lodge and Spa and The Plant Room Restaurant at the Mountain Creek Inn. Reservations are required at both. Lodge and Spa is $45 for adults and $19 for children The Plant Room is $42 for adults and $18 for children, view menus at Callawaygardens.com.


December 31, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

First Responders Luncheon sponsored by Blackwell’s, Inc.

Blackwell’s, Inc. is proud to host a New Year’s Eve lunch for all Law Enforcement, firefighters and EMS personnel working on that day, as a small token of their appreciation for all of the service and sacrifice they give to keep our community secure.


December 31, 6:00 PM – 11:55 PM

New Years Eve Party

Looking for fun on New Year’s Eve? On December 31, we’re offering the opportunity to enjoy Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens. Then, join us at Robin Lake Beach for some New Year’s Eve festivities! Two great bands will entertain the crowd. Football games and New York’s New Year’s Eve Countdown will be on big screen at midnight. Gate opens and Fantasy in Lights drive begin at 6 pm. Live music begins at 7pm with countdown at midnight. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Overnight packages are available. Happy New Year! Tickets for the party and Fantasy in Lights are $28 for adults and $14 for Children. To purchase Fantasy In Lights tickets only call 1-800-852-3810.


Saturday, December 31, 8:00 PM

New Year’s Eve Dance

Dance with Jimmy Smith and the New River Band… Open to Adults of all Ages

Celeste Garrett, The Active Life, 140 Ragland St, LaGrange, Phone:(706) 883-1681

Fees/Admission: $10.00 per person


Saturday, January 7, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Bring One for the Chipper

Keep Troup Beautiful again sponsors this event to drop off Christmas trees and electronics (no TVs please). We will also accept tires. Free mixed oak and dogwood seedlings when you drop off your recyclables!

Location: City of LaGrange recycling center at 550 S. Davis Road (corner of Lafayette Parkway and Davis Road under the water tower).

Keep Troup Beautiful: 706-884-9922 or keeptroupbeautiful.org


Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Legacy Museum on Main – Reception for Mr. John Franklin

Author John Franklin played a major role in constructing the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016.


Monday, January 23, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

LaGrange College 3D Journey Lecture: Sicily

3D Journeys offers you four free lectures to enrich and inspire. Focused on Sicily each Monday mornings session will feature a member of LaGrange College’s distinguished faculty: Jan 23rd: “Sicily: Historical Nexus of the Mediterranean World” Dr. Kevin L. Shirley, History. Location: LaGrange College Turner Hall Dickson Assembly Room

Contact Information: Alumni and Community Relations 706.880.8244 or 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu, Fees/Admission: Lectures are free. Dutch Treat lunch will be available in the Pitts Dining Hall following each session $8.00 www.lagrange.edu


Thursday, January 26, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Independent School Expo

Hillside Montessori of LaGrange will be hosting an informational expo featuring other schools in the LG area: LaGrange Academy, Lafayette Christian School, Springwood, First Presbyterian Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten to give both businesses and the public access to the leaders of these schools to become better informed of the diversity of educational options in our community. All are invited to attend the event at the Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Information: Terri Codlin, terricodlin@charter.net


January 26 – February 4

Lafayette Theatre Company’s: You Can’t Take It With You

WINNER -2015 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Revival of a Play WINNER – 2015 Drama League Award, Best Revival of a Play NOMINEE -2015 5 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play NOMINEE – 2015 2 Drama Desk Awards. At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. LSPA Business Office 706-882-9909, www.lsparts.org


Thursday February 2, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

TLC (Thursday Lunch Club)

TLC, the senior outreach ministry of LaGrange First UMC, will feature a musical program presented by Debbie and Randy Ogles, following a served at the table lunch for $6, Reserve your place by calling 706-884-4635 or emailing: churchoffice@lagrange fumc.org.


December Events at the LaGrange Memorial and Hogansville Public Libraries


12/27/2016 2:30 PM

Tater the Reading Dog

Tater, the book loving Golden Retriever will be at the Hogansville Public Library the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:30 pm. Any child who could use some practice reading aloud is invited to come and meet Tater and read a book to him.

Hogansville Public Library 310 Johnson St., Hogansville, GA, 30230


12/27/2016 4:00 PM

CAREing Paws

Cooper & Bear the Therapy Dogs visit the library every month. Children can practice reading to Cooper or Bear,  friendly well-trained therapy dogs, in a one-on-one 15 minute session.  For children in 1st – 3rd grade and students with special needs. Registration is required: 706-822-7787

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange, GA, 30240


12/28/2016 10:30 AM

Story Time

Children gather weekly at the library to hear stories, sing songs, and make a craft.

Hogansville Public Library 310 Johnson St., Hogansville, GA, 30230

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange, GA, 30240


12/28/2016 5:00 PM

Manga Creator Club

The Manga Creator Club is a group for those passionate about anime/manga and would like to come work on their own! As a group we will create our own manga, learn new techniques with our art & story-telling and perhaps take a step towards a career in manga field! Be sure to bring a notebook & be ready to brainstorm!

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange, GA, 30240


12/30/2016 2:00:00 – 5:00 PM

Bookshop Open

Friends of LaGrange Memorial Library Book Sale. Stop by the bookshop and the lobby of the LaGrange Memorial Library for some great deals on used books!

LaGrange Memorial Library 115 Alford St, LaGrange, GA, 30240


Ongoing Events


Now – August 2017

Pasaquan Works on Paper by Eddie Owens Martin

Regular Museum Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9-5PM and Every Third Saturday from 1-4PM

The LaGrange Art Museum is partnering with Columbus State University and the Kohler Foundation for the fall Opening of Pasaquan, a seven-acre art environment consisting of six major structures, more than 900 feet of painted masonry fence, painted totems, decorative walkways, sculptures, and other art and artifacts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered among the most important visionary art environments in the United States.  “One of the top 16 places to see in the US in 2016.” – CNN. LaGrange Art Museum, Free for Troup County Residents, Non-Residents $10 donation Call 706-882-3267, email art@lagrangeartmuseum.org, www.lagrangeartmuseum.org


Miss LaGrange and Miss LaGrange’s Outstanding Teen

The Miss Troup County Board proudly announces the addition of two new pageants for local young women ages 13-24.  Only residents/students from Troup, Heard and Meriwether Counties are eligible to compete for these two titles.  These pageants will be held in conjunction with the Miss Troup County and Miss Troup’s Outstanding Teen pageants on January 21, 2017. Contributions to the scholarship program through an ad or donations from your business would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Judy Neighbors, Executive Director at jujuandjim@aol.com or call 706- 881-1157. The Miss America Foundation,Inc. is duly recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

Jason Isbell with special guest Hiss Golden Messenger

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday, December 16) at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST for Jason Isbell with special guest Hiss Golden Messenger. Don’t miss your chance to see this two-time Grammy-winning artist perform at Sweetland Amphitheatre on March 31! Tickets will be available online at www.sweetland.events or by calling Ticket Alternative at (877) 725-8849.

To expedite the ticket-purchasing process, patrons can create an account in advance with Ticket Alternative. Click HERE to create a New Customer Account.

Listen to the track off of Isbell’s latest album that won a 2016 Grammy Award for “Best Americana Roots Song” HERE.

Thank you for a wonderful 2016 concert season!


The Choral Society of West Georgia Wishes you A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.



West Georgia

Choral Arts Festival 2017


Make your plans now to join The Choral Society of West Georgia, for the first Choral Arts Festival on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Callaway Auditorium on the campus of LaGrange College.   Dr. Byron Cartwright, Director of the Point University Concert Choir, will be the guest clinician.


The 4 p.m. choral festival is free and open to the public.


Confirmed Choral Groups include:


Choral Society of West Georgia, Bettie Biggs, Director


Faithful Hearts Women’s Ensemble – First Baptist Church On The Square – Sandy Blair, Director


LaGrange High School Chorus – Katie Westbrook-Trent, Director


Point University Concert Choir – Dr. Byron Cartwright, Director


Sons of Lafayette Male Choir – Dr. Beth Everett, Director 


Voices of the Valley Children’s Choir – Dr. Michelle Herring , Director


Young Singers of West Georgia – Stacey Hardigree, Director


West Georgia Choral Arts Festival 2017


4:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Callaway Auditorium

LaGrange College




Date: Feb. 25, 2017
“Give Our Regards To Broadway” With

Special Guests: University of Georgia Senior Dance Ensemble


Date: March 11, 2017
Choral Arts Festival

Callaway Auditorium


Date: April 30, 2017
Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble



Sons of Lafayette

 LaGrange, GA


Voices Of The Valley

Columbus, GA

Young Singers of West Georgia

Point University

Choral Society of West Georgia

P. O. Box 151

LaGrange, GA  30241


Fifteen brave men will, once again, enter the battleground that is
Dragging for Dollars

benefiting Southeastern Assistance in Healthcare (SAIH)

March 18, 2017


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Around the Community in December…  


The Greatest Gift/Drive Through Nativity
Thursday – Sunday, December 8 – 11, 6pm; Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 2956 Highway 154
Live cast in 10 scenes.  No cost.  For more information, visit www.cornerstoneumc.com.

A Christmas Carol
Thursday – Sunday, December 8 – 11; 8pm except for 3pm on Sunday; Newnan Theatre Company, 24 First Avenue, Newnan  
The timeless story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.  Book, music, and lyrics by Dale Lyles.  Form more information, tickets, and pricing, visit www.newnantheatre.org or call 770.683.6282.

8th Annual Bedford Dasher 5K Run/Walk and Elf Run
Saturday, December 10, 8am; The Bedford School, 5665 Milam Road, Fairburn
 Vendors selling crafts, wreaths, soaps, gifts…and pictures with Santa!  For more information and to register, please click here or email Kristy Westmoreland at kwestmoreland@thebedfordschool.org.

“Songs of Christmas” Parade
Saturday, December 10, 6pm; Downtown Newnan 
The parade will include floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands.  Santa will also be coming into town.  For more information about entering, parking, and route, please click here.

Candlelight Tour of Homes in Senoia
Sunday, December 11; for more information, visit www.enjoysenoia.com.

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band
Friday, December 16, 7pm; The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing & Visual Arts, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan

Experience the beauty of the Christmas season with the Annie Moses Band as the acclaimed classical crossover ensemble performs stunning arrangements of holiday favorites.  For more information, visit www.TheNixonCentre.net or call 770.254.2787.

The Nutcracker
Friday, December 16, 7:30pm and Saturday, December 17, 5pm; Wadsworth Auditorium, 25 Jefferson Street, Newnan
The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission presents Southern Arc Dance The Nutcracker.  For tickets, click here.  Tickets are $20.  For more information, call 770.683.3724.

Night Hike-Sensory Awareness
Saturday, December 17, 7:30pm; Chattahoochee Bend State Park, 425 Bobwhite Way, Newnan
A 2 mile long night hike along the Riverside Trail with 5 different experiments to test your senses.  We will have hot cocoa to keep your fingers warm and your taste buds happy.  Bring a flashlight for safety along with sturdy shoes, bug spray and water.  Click here to register.

Canned Food Drive to Benefit the Salvation Army 
Newnan GNC is spearheading efforts to collect NON-PERISHABLE food for the local Salvation Army’s Food Pantry.  Help keep the shelves full!  Gladly accepting canned and non-perishable (non-damaged, in-date) through 12.31.16.   Click here to view collection locations.

2016 Christmas Dinner Give-A-Way
Liberty Tax Service/Amer Awad wants to spread the word!  Donations being accepted to help fund giving away 200 dinners to those in need on December 23rd.  For more information, please click here.

Bring One for the Chipper
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8am – 12pm; Parking lot behind newnan City Hall, 23 LaGrange Street, Newnan
Easy and eco-friendly recycling through “Keep Newnan Beautiful” and the City of Newnan.  The first 250 people that bring their Christmas Trees to be recycled will receive a red maple seedling (one per household while supplies last).  For more information, call 770.253.8283.


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