New Canton Plantation
Saturday, December 7, 2019 New Canton Plantation hosted a community event called Christmas at the Mansion. This was an outdoor community gathering, designed to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.
The gathering was aimed at raising awareness of a local ministry that serves so many in our area, the mission is called Of One Accord Ministry. Last year Of One Accord Ministry served over 102,000 people in the most rural and impoverished
counties of East Tennessee. This ministry provides food pantries, a senior meals program, a summer feeding program which serve as mobile cafeterias called Lunch Box ministries, Christmas for the Children, a Medical Mission including prescriptions and eyeglasses program, they also operate thrift stores, a winter coat give-away, and even offer a good neighbor home repair. They have a medical clinic and a food pantry in Church Hill among other places.
Last year was an amazing turn-out. around 1,000 guests attended the event. We saw countless
smiles, many hugs, and who could forget the beautiful music and the lighting of the Christmas Tree? Children and adults alike were ecstatic to visit with Santa and Mrs Claus. Christmas at the Mansion was able to raise over $3000.00 for the mission.
This year we hoped to make Christmas at the Mansion an annual event but unfortunately, shortly into 2020 a global pandemic flourished. This pandemic was not only hard on our family, friends, and community, many businesses were tremendously devastated. Due to state restrictions, we were unable to properly plan for the event. In addition, I did not want to ask our business for support as they need to have time to recoup their losses. Having that said, I feel we will experience a need, more than ever before for the local food pantry and medical mission. We also cannot ignore the fact that our emotional and spiritual health has been greatly impacted. it is my thought that many of our traditional holiday events may be altered or even worse, nonexistent. this makes me really sad.
But hold on friends, I have a plan! Last year we had the "Tour of Homes". Rather than that name (which was confusing for many), this year we will have a "Christmas Light Challenge". This is an outdoor Christmas decoration competition where we can compete with our neighbors, friends, family members and businesses for a cash prize of $100, a spot in the kingsport times news,
Rogersville review, a yard sign (and still comply with the social distance
The Christmas Light Challenge
involves decorating the exterior of our homes, our yards, our vehicles our businesses, any unique way you'd like. We can substitute old traditions that may not be possible, for a new and exciting tradition. Hopes are that our town and surrounding towns will be festive through the entire Christmas Season and we can drive through to view the beautiful lights and decorations.
Entry fee is $20 for homeowners and $30 for businesses. Church Hill, Mt Carmel, Surgoinsville, and Rogersville Tennessee are eligible to enter.
Entry dates are October 1, 2020 - December 19, 2020. Judging will be Sunday, December 20, 2020. Once your entry fee is paid, your address will be listed on the New Canton Plantation website . I will keep an updated list of participants on social media.
Judging: There will be 3 judges that will critique based on creativity, beauty, and theme, and (something new this year) community votes. People can advertise their home/Business anyway they wish to recruit fans, whom can cast their vote for the "best decorated home/business. Voteswill cost $2 per vote.
You are going to be decorating your home anyway. why not have a Little friendly competition while supporting friends and neighbors in your community?
All proceeds will go to Of One Accord Ministries.
Christmas Light Challenge 2020 Entries
Judging will be Sunday, December 20 2020
1) 1408 Ruth Brooke Dr Mt Carmel, TN 37645
2) 132 Stephen Dr Church Hill, TN 37642
3) 402 West Lane Street Church Hill, TN 37642
4) 512 Wilson Street Church Hill, TN 37642
5) 423 Elm Springs Road Church Hill, TN 37642
6) 858 Nantucket Ave Church Hill, TN 37642
7) 209 Bernard Ave Church Hill, TN 37642
8) 356 Byington Rd Rogersville, TN 37857
9) 126 Henardtown Rd Rogersville, TN 37857
Gingerbread House Competition
2019 Gingerbread House Competition Winner: Stormie Henard
2019 Christmas at the Mansion Donors and Sponsors. Thank You!
Allen Davis Artist and Design
Billy Ray Carmack and Mrs Carmack
Chic fil a
Custom Heating and Cooling
Derek Ward - Shelter Insurance - Church Hill
Dermatology Associates of Kingsport
Domino's - Church Hill
Dorothy McGinnis owner of Southern Stitches
Dr Joe and Liz Smiddy
Dr Randy Thomas DMD
Dr J Eric Renye DDS
First Baptist Church - Church Hill
First Lady Day Spa and Salon
First Methodist Church - Surgoinsville
Food City - Church Hill
Food Lion - Church Hill
Great American Cookie Co - Ft Henry Mall
Hale Springs Inn
Hope and Mason Jackson
Horizon Credit Union
Hunter and Amanda Jackson
Jackson Tree Service
Jeff and Heather Thacker
Jeremy Ford - DJ Jerepocalypse, BOOMBOXX productions
Johnson Arrowood Funeral Home
Kristen Claugaugh Photography
Lisa Mann - Designs by Lisa, Interior and Staging
M & M Insurance
Martin and Deanna Ward
Marty Dobbins - Edward Jones Rogersville, TN
Michael Walker Realty
Ms Polly Lyons
Nathan and Taylor Raines
Oak Grove Baptist Church
Quick Stop Markets - Church Hill. Allen Johnson Owner
Sugar Mama Waxing Studio
The Promise Church - Church Hill
Toyota of Kingsport
Unique by Design - Church Hill
Volunteer High School Graphic Design
Yankee's Bee Line
Friends and Family