Dinwiddie County Ushers in Christmas with annual Grand Illumination

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Dec. 9, 2017 | 2:25 p.m. 

DINWIDDIE – Dinwiddie County ushered in the Christmas season with its annual Grand Illumination on last Tuesday evening at Dinwiddie’s Historic Courthouse.

This is the seventh year of the joyous celebration put together annually by the Dinwiddie Historical Society.

A Silent Auction was held at the Historical Society on the day of the Grand Illumination that ran from the morning of the event until the evening.

“This is the only fundraiser we have all year,” Dinwiddie Historical Society’s Director Betty Bowen remarked. “I also think it is important to Dinwiddie residents to know about the gift shop we have at the Historical Society. The annual auction and gift shop allows us to continue serving the County in preserving the County’s rich history for ourselves and future generations.”

Dinwiddie residents young and old took to the lawn of the historic courthouse for the festive illumination event.

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There were trivia games—with prizes! The Dinwiddie High School Choir, under the direction of Lauren Coble, beautifully performed and led the crowd in a host of joyous and traditional Christmas carols! Also kicking up their heels and putting on quite the show were the “Pamplin Virginia Reelers.”

For those too young to know, or those not accustomed to Virginia traditions, the Virginia Reel is an old folk-dance performed in “these parts!” It wasn’t long before people in the crowd began joining in! As a matter of fact, the dancing continued even after the Grand Illumination ended.

Tuesday’s event was further proof that Dinwiddie residents know how to celebrate Christmas and have a great time with family, friends, and neighbors.

“This is a wonderful event and a great way to start off the holidays,” Dinwiddie Supervisor Dr. Mark Moore said at Tuesday’s event where he served as master of ceremonies.

Throughout the celebration, the Dinwiddie Library, the Dinwiddie Historical Society, the Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse, and Journey Ministries, the former Episcopal Church, were open to the public.

Paired with the seasonal event was a beautiful, live nativity scene at the Journey Ministries.

“The Grand Illumination at the Historic Dinwiddie Courthouse is a wonderful family-oriented community event that is the perfect kick-off to the holiday season,” said Andrew J. Hardy, Recreation Superintendent of Cultural Programs and Tourism. “Dinwiddie families should make this event an annual tradition and attend this yearly event to bring in the season with singing and the tree lighting,”

Just after 7:30 p.m., amidst the singing, the dancing, and the refreshments, a switch was thrown and the most beautiful lights lit up the historic courthouse and the most glorious tree—a tree that must surely rival that of the tree at Rockefeller Center, The White House, or perhaps even the North Pole.

Then, as if another switch had been thrown, the young and old began dancing again!

“These folks dancing are from the cradle to the grave,” Bowen said. Bowen also asked that residents remember this yearly-event and it is once-a-year silent auction fundraiser that supports the Historical Society.

“Remember,” she said, “preservation and conservation.”

To learn more about the Dinwiddie Historical Society, you can visit their website http://dinwiddiehistory.org or call 804-469-5346.

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