Naming of St. Nicholas celebrates 25 years

Published 4:01 pm Monday, December 2, 2013

During the last 25 years, people from all walks of life — teachers, doctors, bankers even football coaches — have been named St. Nicholas as part of Christmas on the River.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Lighting of the Public Square and the crowning of St. Nick will take place Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Demopolis.

The first year of the crowning of St. Nick in 1989, Pat Hinson and Jim Carson were both recognized. Most recently, Demopolis Public Library children’s librarian Kelley Tarpley received the honor.

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Some others who have earned the title include Demopolis High School football coach Tom Causey, Terry Sprinkle, Burnquetta Johnson, Allen Bishop and Stanhope Brasfield, to name a few.

The Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce defines St. Nicholas as a Demopolis resident who best portrays the spirit of Christmas all year long. He or she is someone who brightens your day when you see them or goes the extra mile when you need a little boost. This person is someone who has made a positive impact on your life or the lives of your children.

The Chamber took nominations up until Nov. 20, and the 2013 St. Nicholas will be announced Thursday evening. In addition to the crowning of St. Nicholas, the Nativity story will be read, Mayor Mike Grayson will countdown the lighting of the public square and children of Demopolis will have the Lantern Light Parade.

This years nominees are:

•Richard Kirkpatrick

•Rebecca Culpepper

•Mike Baker

•JR Rivas

•Martha Griffith

•Susan Webb

•Cindy Hay

•Ronda Russell

•Annye Braxton

•Kirk Brooker

“To be nominated for St. Nick speaks volumes about them and how they are ambassadors in the community,” said Katie Windham, who is helping organize the event.

Santa Claus will also be at the event, and Fleming Photography will be present to take photos with Santa.

“This gives people the opportunity to take advantage of Santa being here locally and not have to go out of town,” Windham said.

In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Demopolis Civic Center, and the only part of the event that will be affected will be the lighting of the square.