Main Street lit up with holiday kick-off

by Patricia Keys

“Miracle on Main Street,” an event planned by Main Street Hancock was held on Saturday, November 30 and ran from 4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Many of those who attended the event were sure that this event would become a tradition on Main Street in Hancock. The Saturday evening air was a bit chilly as dusk overtook daylight. Because of this, the best place to start was at the “Hancock Farmers Market,” where handouts were available for the Guided Tour of Main Street, along with a list of participants and a map of the area. Visitors also could warm up at a cozy fire pit before embarking onto the Main Street attractions.

Local businesses and pop up vendors lined Main Street with warm drinks, treats and

Shawn and Lisa Houser at the fire pit.

holiday goodies for purchase.

After strolling along Main Street, attendees were encouraged to enjoy the tree lighting festivities at Joseph Hancock Park, which began at 6:30 p.m.

For those who wanted a ride from the park to the Main Street event, a free hay ride was provided.

There were 52 “stations” to cruise by on Main Street during the evening, and those downtown had an opportunity to view 46 decorated parking meters throughout the town.

When stopping at one of the vendor or sponsor stations, visitors would collect a “stamp” for an event prize drawing later in the evening. In some cases, the sponsor would provide free cookies or other snack items as well as a beverage.

Participants could also vote for a favorite decorated meter and place that ballot into

Becky Watson, David Stotler and Katie Watson took a rest at corner of Main Street and Buddy Lou’s.

another designated receptacle.

The collection of Christmas decorated meters displayed quite an array of artistic effort, readily apparent in many of the entries. Hancock in Motion led the meter decorating effort, recruiting groups to dress the meters up for the holidays.

One such decorated meter was #42 by April Davis in which the meter depicted a Hancock Middle/High School Panthers Marching Band member in typical uniform.

The winner of the Decorated Meter Contest will be determined later this week, according to event planners, and many participants and attendees are anxiously awaiting those results.

Participating businesses and vendors in Miracle on Main Street included the following: 1828 Trail Inn, 4Trees Smokeshop, AC&T Hancock Location, Affordable Heating & Air Conditioning, Atlantic Off Road Performance, Avenue Cuts, Barhart’s Lawn & Garden, Basic Girl Co., BB&T Bank, Buddy Lou’s, CNB Bank, Color Street Nails- Cecilia Fischer Liston, C&O Bicycle, Country Scents Candles – Audrey Barnhart, Crochet Kitchen Towels – Katie Harden, Dollar General, Douglas Chevrolet, Ember Windle – variety of items, Food Lion, Gina’s Antojitos Food Truck, Graft Cider, Haley Demory -Homemade soaps, Hancock Veterans Memorial Library, Hand Made Jewelry – Georgia Hull, Hempworx – Linda Smith, Hendershot’s Sporting Goods, ItWorks – Danielle Divel, Knob Hall Winery, Krazy Rayz BBQ, Lock & Hook, M&T Bank, Martha’s House, Martha’s Treasures, Major Clean LLC, North End Liquors, North Mountain Apothecary, Paparazi Jewelry – Kelly Ann McDaniel, Park ‘n Dine, Parrish Family Gifts, Return Engagement Hair Designs, Rust and Found, Scentsy – Alyssa Sean Stroosnyder, State Farm Insurance, Shives Pizza, Shives’ Sweet Treats by Kenny Shives, Sprint – Alyssa, Stoner’s Florist, Timeless Memories by Rebecca – Selfie Station, The Bliss Lodge – baked goods, soaps, balms, & sprays, The Feminine Farmer, Three Season Delights – lemonade, cookie dough, funnel cakes, Video Biz, Willie’s Primitive Attic, and Young Living Oils – Jennifer Douglas.

Vendor Caitlyn Rohrs and Misty Wilt.

Miracle on Main Street vendor Feminine Farmer was staffed by owners Debbie and Austin McKee.

Brian Thomas and Elizabeth with little ones Sabrina and Annalynn Hall.

Visitor Robin Mosier with BB&T Bank Manager Angie Hager and bank employees Melva Moore, Kimberly Marrone and Becky Marrone at BB&T Bank.

Teresa Payne with Bentley Payne and dogs Zoe (orange vest) and Holly next to Meter #19, decorate by Elizabeth Warrenfeltz.

Denise Beddow with Blake and Colton along Main Street. photos by Patricia Keys