November 15, 2001

SCBPA Make Plans For Christmas Opening

Even as the temperature outside reached into the upper 70s, members of the Scotland County Business and Professional Association had Christmas on their mind at their November 7 meeting at The Social.

Members discussed a variety of topics relating to the upcoming Christmas promotions, in addition to other business. Maxine Struble of Struble Antiques will be added to the group's checking account to provide for a second signature. Jo Ann Peters, SCBPA secretary, also is on the account. Dr. Harlo Donelson reported that the SCBPA and the Memphis Theatre will once again be sponsoring Saturday afternoon matinees for the children, to be held in December. Representatives from Strubles, The Town Peddler, RPM Truck Accessories, Gerth and Baskett Furniture, and The Flower Garden have expressed interest about hosting open houses at their businesses the weekend of November 24-25. More details will be available in the Memphis Democrat and on KMEM.

November 23 will be the SCBPA's traditional lighting of the square ceremony. SCBPA President Jeff Behrens reported that there will be many activities on the square that evening, including a soup supper at the Antique Fair Building, Albert Winn and his train rides, the junior Beta group selling hot chocolate, and the Evening on Broadway group and Youth Choirs from the school performing. In addition, several local businesses will also have extended hours that evening for people to shop special holiday deals.

The 2001 addition to the decorations on the square will also be unveiled. Also new this year, the SCBPA has hired Po-Lo Sound to wire speakers up around the square which will broadcast Christmas music during December.

The SCBPA will also be giving away $250 in Memphis Bucks that evening, which are redeemable at SCBPA member businesses.

"I think that people (visiting) Memphis will really be caught up in the way the square looks during Christmas," Behrens said. "The Christmas promotion is our biggest of the year, and gives people just another reason to shop in Scotland County this Christmas season."

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