The holiday season in Elgin is always a great time of year with many activities for the family. We will officially kickoff the Christmas season on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 with our Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This event will take place at Potter Community Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Green Hill Road. This year we will have the pleasure of listening to the Blaney Elementary Chorus share some wonderful holiday music and several of our local pastors will be sharing the Christmas Story and prayers of hope and prosperity as we light the town tree. This will be a great night to come out and join the Town of Elgin as we welcome the Christmas Holiday.
The following weekend is the annual Elgin Catfish Stomp. The parade will take place Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 starting at Bowen/Main Street and will work its way down Main to Green Hill Road where the rest of the festivities will take place. If you would like to be an entry in the parade or set up a booth at the festival, forms are available at Elgin Town Hall. We will have a carnival again this year, live entertainment, vendors and of course, catfish stew. The carnival will open early in the week during the evenings and there will be live entertainment Friday night and throughout the day on Saturday. This is always a fun event and there’s something for everyone in the family.
The Town of Elgin is currently taking nominations for “Elgin’s Citizen of the Year”. You can pick up an application form from Town Hall or download one from our website at www.townofelginsc.com. All nominations are due by November 11th, this will allow time for our panel of judges to make a decision so this individual can be recognized and honored during the parade on Saturday, December 7th. If you know of someone who has gone above and beyond to make a positive impact in the Elgin community, please take a moment to fill out the information needed so we can have an opportunity to show our appreciation.
I am currently working on plans to establish a military appreciation project that will be located at Grooms Garden, next to the Elgin Library on Main Street. I hope to have enough flag poles put up so we can fly the American Flag and a flag from each branch of the military. This is a great way to show our appreciation to those who have served and continue to serve our community and country. I also have commitments from a couple of organizations who will be assisting as we tend to this this area, clean it and plant new flowers in the coming months. This garden was recently named in honor of Mrs. Viola Grooms, former Mayor Groom’s wife. She took care of this area for years and the town felt this was a great way to thank her for such a beautiful contribution to the area.
I feel very honored to have the opportunity to serve the residents of the Town of Elgin. I encourage you to join us on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 at Town Hall for our Council meetings. These meetings are open to the public and your input is what guides the decisions and actions that are made. I love my community and consider it a privilege to be allowed to be a public servant to the residents and businesses that choose to call Elgin home. If I can ever be of assistance, please feel free to contact me at 803-309-1385 or email me at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you and your loved ones will have a safe and plentiful holiday season.