Festival of Lights set for Nov. 17-19 at Memorial BuildingFree Access

The annual Festival of Lights will be conducted this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17-19 at the Jackson Memorial Building Auditorium, located at 145 Broadway St. For the second straight year, the event is being organized by the Jackson County Board on Aging (JCBOA) with Wendy James in charge.

The three-day event kicks off with an opening-night Gala. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. followed by a live auction of the decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and senior citizens’ art pieces presided over  by local auctioneer Patrick Ball. Admission to the Gala is $25 per person and may be paid at the door on Thursday evening.

Members of the public may view the display on Friday, Nov. 18, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 19, from noon until 4 p.m. There is no admission charge for these viewing sessions.

Also, the Festival of Lights will host a Santa’s Workshop event on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. This activity will feature breakfast, crafts, and a visit from Santa.

The Festival of Lights is the successor event to the Festival of Trees event, which was organized and conducted by volunteers from the Jackson County Unit of the American Cancer Society. JCBOA took over the reins last year and has maintained the same basic format.

Proceeds from the Festival of Lights will be used to support the Jackson County Senior Citizens program.

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