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Enjoy Christmas on Green Street

POSTED: December 1, 2010 11:30 p.m.

For a few hours on Sunday, visitors on Green Street will be transported back in time to the Victorian era.

From 5 to 7:30 p.m., the Hall County Historical Society will be host to its annual Christmas on Green Street.

Festivities will kick off with a parade that will wind down Green Street from the Gainesville Civic Center to the Rotary Club Christmas Tree, where it will circle back down Green Street and end at the Civic Center.

After the parade, docents dressed in Victorian costumes will be available to share the history of each of the Green Street homes, eight of which will be open to the public.

In addition to learning bits of local history, there also will be a number of entertainment opportunities down the length of the street.

"The Salvation Army Band will be playing during the entire event on the porch of 403 Green St.," said Jorene Pilcher, historical society executive director.

"We also have around 16 school and church groups that will be performing Christmas carols on porches up and down Green Street. Phaedra and Arturo Corso also will have a live mariachi band at their home (at 427 Green St)."

There will be a number of children's activities, including a Christmas ornament-making party and miniature train rides at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center.

The entire event is free - except for the carriage rides, which cost $2 per person or $10 per family for more than five members.

"This year we'll also have two storytellers. One will be at the Healing Arts Spa (635 Green St.)," Pilcher said.

"And while people are waiting for their turn on the carriage ride, another storyteller from the United Daughters of the Confederacy will share stories about what Christmas was like during the Civil War."

The carriage rides will start near the U.S. Post Office.

"Another new thing this year is an artist show and sell that will be at 605 Green St.," Pilcher said.

"And the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra has moved into their new home on Candler Street, so they will be open and playing music."

For more information about Christmas on Green Street and a complete schedule of events, visit here.




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