Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Vinton Celebrates the Holidays 2013, welcomes 2014 at New Year’s Eve Gala

By Debbie Adams

VINTON–The Town of Vinton has been celebrating the holiday season since its annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade on December 5. Actually some citizens began the festivities even before the parade with projects for needy children, seniors, and even pets in the area starting in November. There have been Open Houses at the Vinton History Museum, the Vinton War Memorial, the Craig Avenue Center, and the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce, in addition to parties for children at the library, business and civic organization dinners in honor of the season, and countless special musicals and dinners at local schools and churches.

The Town of Vinton Christmas tree was lit at the annual ceremony on the evening of the Christmas parade.

The Town of Vinton Christmas tree was lit at the annual ceremony on the evening of the Christmas parade.

The William Byrd High School band and its tuba section entertained after the tree lighting ceremony.

The William Byrd High School band and its tuba section entertained after the tree lighting ceremony.

Ministry in Motion inspired the crowd at the Vinton Municipal Building waiting for the parade to begin.

Ministry in Motion inspired the crowd at the Vinton Municipal Building waiting for the parade to begin.

 

The Vinton Breakfast Lions Club held its annual Spaghetti Dinner before the parade  to raise funds for a Christmas shopping trip for needy children in the area.

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One of the most exciting floats in the Christmas parade had a snow machine which delighted the children along the parade route.

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The Virginia Veterans Care Center won a prize with their entry in the Vinton Christmas parade.

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Youngsters like Nicholas Toney rode on the Fire Engine with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Fire and EMS crews to close the parade.

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Mr. and Mrs. Claus greeted the crowd at an Open House at the War Memorial at the end of the Christmas parade.

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Herman L. Horn  Elementary  School once again entered the Holiday Tree competition at the Hotel Roanoke with their entry, “Put a Lid on Cancer.”

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The Vinton History Museum held its annual Holiday Open House.

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The Children’s Librarians at the Vinton Public Library led preschoolers in a reindeer dance at the annual Holiday Party.

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The Craig Avenue center decorated for their annual Holiday Party.

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The Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce businesses supported the community with donations of gifts for needy children at W.E. Cundiff Elementary School.

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Vinton dogs visited Santa at the Field of Dreams fundraiser to benefit the SPCA, Angels of Assisi, and DeafDogsRock.com.

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The Town celebrated 2013 and welcomed 2014 at the annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the Vinton War Memorial.

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Vinton Mayor Brad Grose and his wife Debby (below)  joined the festivities at the War Memorial, celebrating Vinton’s banner year of 2013, with much to anticipate in 2014.

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Kathryn Sowers (below), the Executive Secretary of the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce, and her husband Everette, rang in the New Year at the Gala.

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DJ Joey Nicely kept couples dancing at the Gala  into the early morning hours.

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