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12th Annual Christmas On MacArthur

November 16, 2016

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12th Annual Christmas On MacArthur

To Benefit Toys For Tots

 

CONTACT: Charles McGuigan at northofthejames@gmail.com  

What: Christmas On MacArthur and Santa Parade

When: December 10, 2016, 11 am to 4 pm

Where:  4000 Block MacArthur Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE AS A VENDOR AT CHRISTMAS ON MACARTHUR, PLEASE CONTACT TERI PHIPPS AT (804) 310-7710, or EMAIL HER AT FireweedRVA@gmail.com PLEASE DO SO IMMEDIATELY, AS SPACE IS LIMITED.

Get a head start on holiday cheer with Christmas on MacArthur, a day of family fun that benefits Toys for Tots. Christmas on MacArthur has become one of the largest single donors to Toys for Tots—the U.S. Marine Corps annual toy drive. What’s more every toy donated locally is given to a local child in need. This year’s Christmas on MacArthur runs from 11 till 4 pm on Saturday, December 10 in Bellevue on Richmond’s Northside.

Appearing live on the MacArthur Avenue stage directly after the parade will be The MelBays from 12:45 to 1:15, The Taters from 1:30 to 2:00, and Janet  Martin from 2:15 to 2:45. The massive professional stage the musical artists perform on comes courtesy of Main Stage Productions and Lee Johnson, a close friend of Jimmy Tsamouras of Dot’s Back Inn. The sound system is from David Schieferstein who also operates it.

Christmas on MacArthur kicks off with the Santa Parade down the center of the 4000 block of MacArthur Avenue.

Bill Bevins, the voice of the Soft AC Morning Show on Easy 100.9 FM, will again emcee the parade. Among the participants in this year’s parade are Jonathan the Juggler, students of Holton Elementary, John Marshall High School marching band, Linwood Holton Principal David Hudson, live alpacas, Ring Dog rescue, ACCA Shriners, Richmond police and firefighters, U.S. Marines, Saint Andrew’s Legion Pipes & Drums, Holton Safety Patrol, North Richmond YMCA ’s Indian Princesses Cayuga Tribe joined by their brother tribe the Mighty Waccamaws, Holton Band, antique cars, hotrods and trucks from Still Runnin’ Magazine Car Club, and, of course, a visit from St. Nick. He’ll be listening to kids Christmas wishes throughout the day, following the parade.

Christmas on MacArthur also offers great holiday shopping opportunities.   Scores of vendors will be on hand with their handmade arts and crafts, all locally made, one-of-a-kind products, which make perfect Christmas gifts.

None of this would be possible without the hard work and commitment of David Hudson of Holton Elementary, the Bellevue Merchants Association, Jimmy Tsamouras of Dot’s Back Inn, Mike LaBelle, Chris and Cecelia Rich of Rich’s Stitches, Bob Kocher of Once Upon A Vine, Teri Phipps and David Schieferstein, Amy Foxworthy and Josh Carlton of the mill on MacArthur, Claire McGowan of Stir Crazy, Bobby Shore and Rich Richardson of Decatur’s Garage, Joe Stankus of Classic Touch Cleaning, Chris Egghart, John Whiting, Larry Brown, and scores of other volunteers too numerous to name.

This event is sponsored each year by the Bellevue Merchants Association, North of the James magazine and Holton Elementary School.

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