CLAY CITY -- The Clay City USA Foundation, Inc., will host the sixth annual "Hometown Holiday" celebration at the Welcome Center, located on Main Street, from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1.
The event is planned as a special "family night," as Mrs. Claus will be visiting during the evening, talking and handing out treats to the children.
Children may bring in their "Christmas lists" for Mrs. Claus to give to Santa.
The foundation will be offering horse and carriage rides from 5-8 p.m. to the public at the Welcome Center at no charge. Everyone who wishes to participate in the carriage rides must have a ticket, which will be available inside the Welcome Center. There will be no advance tickets.
The horse and carriages are owned and operated by Lampkins Classic Carriages, Bloomington, Ind. The event will only be canceled in case of temperatures being below 25 degrees.
Refreshments will be served during the evening at the Welcome Center. "Mayberry of the Midwest" merchandise and Christmas bulbs will be available to purchase as well as the new dessert cookbook.
The First United Church of Christ will again present a live nativity scene on the corner of the Bureau Drawer, Eighth and Main streets.
The First United Methodist Church, at the corner of 7th and Washington streets, will be decorated for the holidays and open to the public for viewing. The church building was constructed in 1897. The church chimes will be played and heard throughout the evening and cookies and cider will be served.
The Collins building (the former library located on Main Street) will be open for craft booths, which will be set up from 5-8 p.m. For more information on setting up a craft booth, call Jane Staley at 812-939-3192. All booth spaces must be reserved by Thursday, Nov. 29. The building is heated and has electricity and there will be no charge for a booth space. However, all interested in setting up a booth must bring their own tables and equipment.
The Clay City Volunteer Fire Department will also have a soup and sandwich supper along with homemade pies that evening, beginning at 4 p.m. and concluding at 8 p.m.
The supper will take place at the fire station, located on West 7th Street.