Town of Chapin readies for Christmas season with decorations, celebrations, and giving
Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) 'Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the town, people were preparing for Christmas to abound! Businesses, town employees, residents, and even the visitors all seem to be getting in on the preparations as the town of Chapin readies itself for the upcoming holidays.
Chapin Police Chief Seth Zeigler says that on Saturday, December 2nd beginning at 9 a.m., officers from the police department will begin heir annual “Stuff A Cruiser” campaign to benefit the Newberry Boys' Farm. This will take place in the parking lot of Boland’s True-Value Ace Hardware which is located at 745 Chapin Road just outside of Chapin. Shoppers, and people with the spirit in their hearts, can drop off new, unwrapped toys with the officers until 2 p.m. It has been rumored that Santa Claus himself may even make an appearance at some point during that event.
The Newberry Boy’s Farm, the beneficiaries of this giving, is a home for boys who have been removed from their own homes for various reasons. It is a haven for boys experiencing difficult family situations. They make a difference in the lives of boys in need by providing a healthy, stable environment which helps them grow into productive young men with a positive outlook of the future.
On the following Saturday, bikers will once again gather at Boland’s around noon to socialize and load their bikes. Then, at about 2 p.m., they will pull out for the home with a Chapin PD escort and personally deliver all the gifts to the children in Newberry.
At the Chapin Town Hall, employees Debb Romanelli and John Walston were both as busy as Santa’s little elves putting lights on the town’s official Christmas tree in preparation for this weekend’s official carol lighting. On Sunday evening, December 3rd, children and adults of all ages will be treated to holiday music that includes caroling by the children’s choir from Chapin United Methodist Church, hot chocolate and cookies, and a reading of the holiday classic, "'Twas the Night before Christmas” in the community room at the town hall. All this will begin at 4 p.m. Just after 5 p.m. when darkness begins to fall, everyone will go outside to enjoy the lighting of the tree. The town hall is located at 157 Northwest Columbia Avenue and everyone is invited to this FREE event.
There are other creative, classy, and beautiful Christmas displays up around the town. Chapin truly is becoming a winter wonderland on the banks of beautiful Lake Murray. To appreciate it to its fullest, go at night and plan to stay a bit. There are lots of great eateries that feature everything from pizza to craft beers at Tap It Bottles & Brew, a great ahi tuna at the Tipsy Toad, and wonderful Greek dishes at Zorba’s.
Many of the businesses have already put out their Christmas best for display. Chapin has a thriving arts district that features Judy Jarrett’s ArtCan studio and gallery. She is a world renowned watercolor artist who paints and sells her beautiful pieces from a small shop on Beaufort Street.
Just a few doors down, Classic Auto Replicas has the largest selection of die-cast collectable cars I have ever seen. There’s one whole wall just dedicated to the famous #3 of Dale Earnhardt. It’s a great place to pick up a NASCAR replica, or a classic car model as a gift for that hard-to-buy-for car enthusiast in your life.
Chapin is full of specialty shops, boutiques, and wonderful eateries. As Christmas draws closer, we will feature some of these attractive and exciting shops in The Ledger. If you haven’t been in a while, now would be a good time to visit and enjoy all the little town has to offer.