by Austin Arnold Chad Hartson, of Ice Creations, was part of the entertainment during the Blaze of Lights on Saturday, as he demonstrated a unique craft of ice carving, by sculpting a nutcracker soldier in the spirit of the holiday-themed event.
by Austin Arnold The Blaze of Lights has started a handful of traditions for the village of Bluffton, and one of them is an annual seasonal painting created by local artist Oscar Velasquez. This year, St. Mary’s Church is the featured landmark in the acrylic painting. This marks the 10th year Velasquez has painted a winter scene for a nearby church or a downtown building. This small tradition began when Velasquez decided to paint Bluffton Presbyterian Church, commemorating the scene provided by the Blaze of Lights.
by Austin Arnold At 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 25th, Kaleidoscope Farms, of Mt. Cory, will open another Christmas tree season. The tree farm is operated by Dave Reese and his family; and they epitomize the term ‘family business.’ All four of Dave’s sons (Matt, Aaron, Jay and Jeff) work out in the tree fields, while Dave’s wife, Jan, and three daughters-in-law (Kristen, Jenn and Brittany) all coordinate the gift shop. Jeff’s fiancé, Danielle, helps in the gift shop as well. Having the whole family be a part of the business was part of a vision for Dave and Jan, and that vision is a reality now.
by Austin Arnold Bluffton and the surrounding area have yet again come together to make Christmastime a little brighter for needy children in abroad countries by participating in Operation Christmas Child (OCC). The project involves filling shoeboxes with toys and personal hygiene products, wrapping them up and, then, eventually having them sent over to children that truly need the items packed in the boxes. The National Collection Week for OCC was November 14 through November 21, as the event is held every third week of November. This year, the Bluffton area gathered a total of 619 shoeboxes for OCC.