by Austin Arnold The feel of Christmas was definitely in the air on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 as the Village of Bluffton held its 26th annual Blaze of Lights festival. The community and outside visitors came together to see dozens of parade floats and another spectacular ceremonial lighting of the Ream Christmas Folkart Display. While Christmas was yet another month away on Saturday, it certainly felt like late December as the temperature struggled to climb much above the 30-degree mark, accompanied by overcast skies.
by Austin Arnold Just days before this year’s Blaze of Lights Festival, artist Oscar Velasquez revealed 2012’s winter scene painting, which features the True Word Tabernacle Church located on Elm Street. Traditionally, Velasquez’s annual paintings feature a church in Bluffton and he said True Word had been in his mind as a painting subject for the past couple of years. “I wanted to do it this year because they always seem to have activities going on in the evening and it seemed like an inviting opportunity to present a real nice holiday scene,” Velasquez said.
by Sophie Marcum What do dancing janitors, Bluffton’s schools, and Carly Rae Jepson all have in common? If you know the answer, you’ve probably seen the YouTube music video “FIP Me Baby” made by the Bluffton teachers this past summer. The video features teachers (and a janitor) dancing on the playground, in the classroom, and on the school busses. A parody of Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe,” the video includes lyrics written by high school teachers Ashley Blair and Jamie Erford.
by Austin Arnold In a collective effort to reflect on the life of one of Bluffton’s most influential figures over the past several decades, The Bluffton News held an exclusive interview with Mary Emma Triplett and Roger Triplett to discuss someone extremely dear to their hearts, Ropp Triplett.