Mathews Christmas Parade set for Saturday

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Dec 05, 2018 - 02:01 PM

After a weekend full of holiday activities in Gloucester, this weekend’s attention will shift to Mathews where the Mathews Christmas Parade will step off at 1 p.m. Saturday from Thomas Hunter Middle School.

Other activities, including a special visit from Santa Claus and several open houses, are also scheduled for the coming weekend.

During the parade, which will continue down Church and Main streets to the Bank of America building, members of Mathews Cub Scout Pack 124 will be collecting items from spectators to help benefit Hands Across Mathews. Items needed include canned goods and other non-perishable items. To donate, have food items in grocery bags in front of you during the parade so the scouts can collect them.

Following the parade, Santa Claus will greet children at the Mathews County Visitor and Information Center from 2-5 p.m. Parents are urged to bring their own camera for photographs. Holiday books will be given to the first 50 children to arrive.

Emily Allen, executive director of the visitor’s center, said the center will be open for holiday shopping and added that all items inside are made by artists in Mathews. “It is a wonderful way to support local businesses and find unique gifts,” Allen said. 

Also on Saturday, the Mathews Farmers’ Market will host a special market that will feature a variety of unique Christmas gifts, decorations and food on the Court Green from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

The Tompkins Cottage Museum in Mathews will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the Christmas season with period decorations and shopping. Publications on Mathews County history, Christmas tree ornaments and Capt. Sally Tompkins dolls will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

In Gloucester on Saturday, the annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hayes Shopping Court. Ten percent of all proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots and the event is being sponsored by Blown Away Salon and Anytime Fitness. Free photos with Santa Claus will be available along with free food and vendors.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, the Bay School Community Arts Center and Clay by the Bay Ceramics Guild, Mathews, will be raising money for the food bank and Hands Across Mathews through its annual Empty Bowls event at Bay School. For a $15 donation, you receive a handmade pottery bowl and a simple lunch of homemade soup, bread, cookies and water.