Bluffton prepares for ‘Blaze of Lights’

BLUFFTON — The Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce’s 31st annual “Blaze of Lights” celebration kicks off Saturday with a parade, live music and a lighting ceremony.
The parade will start at 5 p.m. and will travel along Main Street from Snider Road to College Avenue. One hundred parade entries, including Santa Claus, are expected.
Live music and other events will follow the parade at 6 p.m.
On the Blaze Stage at the corner of Main and Cherry streets, performers will include jazz trumpeter Jane Sycks, the Bluffton High School show choir and accordion player Elaine Wehri.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit children at the Bluffton Senior Center, which will serve soup, sandwiches and pie. Also at the senior center will be trackless train rides on the Romick Railway.
The lighting of the Ream folk art display — a large collection of wooden Christmas images — will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn.
The lights will come on at dusk each night through Jan. 1.
Wagon rides, for a fee, will be available after the parade near the Shannon Theatre.  Bluffton’s restaurants and businesses will have Blaze specials and extended hours.
Bluffton Lions Club will host a chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. People can pick up food in the Family Dollar parking lot on Cherry Street, or eat in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church basement.
Tickets are on sale from Lions members.
The Shannon Theatre will show free matinees of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Friday.



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