Santa Claus is coming to -- Camp Virgil Tate


Santa Claus will be the breakfast guest at Camp Virgil Tate on Dec. 14. Courtesy photo

Camp Virgil Tate, in conjunction with the Kanawha County West Virginia University Extension Service, will host the seventh annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14.

A pancake breakfast will be served at the camp, beginning at 9 a.m. Photographs with Santa and pony rides will be available for $5 each. The event will include holiday performances and holiday-themed children’s activities and crafts, through noon.

This year’s breakfast will also include the inaugural cookie contest for a chance to win a prize. There will also be a cake walk sponsored by the Kanawha County 4-H Leaders Association.

The schedule of events is as follows:

• 9 a.m.: Pancake breakfast begins

• 9:15 a.m.: Santa arrives

• 9:30 a.m.: Children’s crafts begin. Crafts include gingerbread houses, Christmas cards, Christmas ornaments and Holiday Slime.

• 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Cake walk

• 11 a.m.: Cookie contest drop-off

• Noon: Announcement of the cookie contest winner.

No advance ticket purchases are necessary. Cash will be accepted on the day of the event. All funds raised at the event will support the operation of Camp Virgil Tate and other local 4-H programs.

Camp Virgil Tate is located at 1400 Camp Virgil Tate Road in Charleston, between Cross Lanes and Sissonville.

Other upcoming holiday-related activities and Santa appearances include:

• The City of Charleston and Charleston Town Center will cohost the 2019 Charleston Christmas Parade on Thursday, Dec. 12, beginning at 7 p.m.

The parade lineup will commence at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday on Kanawha Boulevard between Clendenin and Capitol streets.

• St. Albans’ 27th annual Christmas Historical Homes Tour is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, offering guided or self-guided tours of notable homes and buildings throughout the city.

All of the properties along the tour will feature Christmas decorations and offer refreshments.

Tickets will be $10 for adults; children and students can participate free. Tickets can be purchased at the St. Albans Historical Society building, 404 Fourth Ave., St. Albans, on Saturday, also starting at 5 p.m.

• The 31st annual St. Albans Festival of Lights, at St. Albans City Park, is open from 6 until 9 p.m. each evening through Dec. 26 (excluding Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day, Dec. 25).

Admission is free to the festival, although monetary and nonperishable food donations are welcome.

Santa Claus will be at the festival for photos for $5 each.

• From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, the St. Albans Farmers Market will sponsor a Christmas Marketplace, showcasing a variety of holiday gift items.

The Marketplace will be held at First Christian Church of St. Albans, 2121 Kanawha Terrace, which is located across the street from St. Albans High School.

Funerals for Saturday, December 14, 2019

Akers, Trela - 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Cochran, Jacob - 3 p.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

Cosby-Matthews, Hattie - Noon, First Baptist Church of Charleston, Charleston.

DeMarino, Jane - 1 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Gunther, Jewell - 1 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Chapmanville.

Hall, Betty - 1 p.m., St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans.

Holbrook, Linda - 1 p.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Pinch.

Johnson Jr., Delbert - 11 a.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

King, Edna - Noon, St. Christopher Episcopal Church, Charleston.

Kiser, Kenneth - 6 p.m., Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Lawrence, Mamie - 2 p.m., O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

McCutcheon, Alice - 1 p.m., Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson.

Mills, Melinda - 5 p.m., New Baptist Church, Huntington.

Rannenberg III, Thomas - 2 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Ray, Sandra - 1 p.m., Crooked Creek Church of Christ.

Roach, James - 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, Ravenswood.

Tyler, Gloria - Noon, Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

Ulbrich, Sandra - 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Williams, Laura - 2 p.m., Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home, Flatwoods.

Wood, Ruby - 11 a.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.