Christmas Wreath

    New Canton Plantation

    Christmas Light

    Challenge

    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 

    recommendations). 

     

    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 www.newcantonplantation.com. 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

    Judging will be Sunday, December 20 2020 

    Christmas at the Mansion Tour of Homes 2019 Winner: 356 Byington Rd, Rogersville, Tennessee

    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

    Asian Grill

    Ballad Health

    Billy Ray Carmack and Mrs Carmack 

    Chic fil a

    Chop House

    Cooper Standard

    Cornucopia

    Custom Heating and Cooling

    Derek Ward - Shelter Insurance - Church Hill

    Dermatology Associates of Kingsport

    Diamond Exchange

    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

    Frost Concrete

    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 

    Lamplight Theatre

    Lisa Mann - Designs by Lisa, Interior and Staging

    LuElla's Rogersville

    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

    Sams Wholesale

    Sugar Mama Waxing Studio

    The Promise Church - Church Hill

    Toyota of Kingsport

    Unique by Design - Church Hill

    Volcapello

    Volunteer Collision 

    Volunteer High School Graphic Design

    Yankee's Bee Line

    Community Members

    Friends and Family