Tryon stroll features Toymakers Museum reception, tree lighting

Published 8:20 pm Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Tryon Christmas Stroll will take place on Friday, December 4 beginning at 5 p.m.

Local businesses will stay open late and offer special holiday treats. There will also be live entertainment, a tree lighting ceremony and a preview reception at the Tryon Toymakers House Museum.

Toymakers Museum

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The Toymakers House Museum will be open to the public for a preview reception to be held during Tryons Christmas Stroll, Friday, December 4.

The doors will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. and the museum welcomes all of Tryon to come see the birthplace of Morris.

The preview reception will include:

&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Catered hors doeuvres and cider.

&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Live music violinist.

&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Christmas lights and decorations.

&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Current Toymakers creating

their craft.

&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;An elf or two present. (please

excuse the bad pun.)

&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Pieces from The Toymakers

House Museum Permanent


Tree lighting

Tryons downtown will feature several new holiday decoration elements this year. The most conspicuous of them will be a live, decorated tree. And a 45-foot Magnolia grandiflora located on South Trade Street across from the Upstairs Artspace will be the towns “Tannenbaum.”

Because of its size and presence, the Trade Street magnolia seemed the ideal candidate for seasonal lighting to members of the Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA) during discussions to sponsor a Tryon Christmas Tree.

TDDA’s Crys Armbrust says, “Albeit a somewhat atypical choice when compared with the more traditional options, the magnolia is indeed about as Southern a tree as it gets.”

Local business owners and residents made donations to cover the costing for LED lighting and the Town of Tryon and its employees helped prune the tree and hang the lights.

The tree lighting will be held on December 4 at 5:30 p.m. during the Christmas Stroll. A concert preview by the community chorus will also accompany the lighting. All are welcome.

article submittedTryon Christmas Stroll Schedule of Events

5 – 9 p.m.&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Merchants Stroll

Toymakers House Museum Preview Reception

Live music, open house, toymakers

5:30 p.m.&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Official lighting of the Tryon Christmas Tree

Next to Nina Simone Plaza

Community Chorus singing

Next to Upstairs Artspace

5:55 p.m.&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;First Baptist Church choir and handbells

Old Tryon Federal Building (Oak & Trade Sts.)

6 – 7:30 p.m.&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Santa, elves, hot chocolate, candy canes,

cut-out Santa & elves for photo-ops

St. Lukes Thrift Shop plaza

6 – 8 p.m.&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Pam McNeil plays holiday music

Kathleens Simply Irresistible, up the hill

opposite Stott’s Ford

6:15 p.m.&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Vocal Impressions singing group

Clock Tower

6:30 p.m.&bsp;&bsp; &bsp;Janet & Clifford Joens

Irish harp and guitar with sing-along

Shops of Tryon lobby