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Wrapping up 2019 with holiday traditions and neighborly love

By Margot Seay • Dec 6, 2019 at 4:30 PM

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is flying by. A new year will be here before we know it!

Neighbors across Kingsport are hanging strings of lights in anticipation of Christmas. A friend recently shared with me the sense of happiness that she and her teenage granddaughter felt as they drove through Kingsport looking at the twinkling lights. They were enjoying all the Christmas decorations together, and it just made them feel happy. This is something that all generations can experience together this Christmas season.

In my neighborhood, Pendleton Place, we all join together to decorate our little community in the style of Williamsburg. It is our gift to neighbors across the entire city. I know there are other neighborhoods that also have their own unique way to spread the Christmas Spirit throughout the entire city with everything from luminaries to loft tours.

There are lots of opportunities to see the Christmas lights in Kingsport, whether you’re a fan of hopping in the car to drive around the neighborhood or if you prefer a guided tour. Keep Kingsport Beautiful makes the best of both ideas with the Holiday Lights Bus Tour on Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21. The tours start at 6 p.m. and last about three hours. The cost is $7 and reservations are required. Visit freshtix.com and search under Kingsport events to make your reservations.

The Seays, my family, are also looking forward to attending a performance of “Scrooge the Musical” by the Kingsport Theater Guild. For tickets call (423) 392-8427 or visit kingsporttheater.org. There are also some great presentations at the Lamplight Theater and Barter Theater. And don’t forget “The Nutcracker” in your holiday activities!

Planning for the coming year often begins in December, and that’s true for the Neighborhood Commission, too. We will be going through several transitions in early 2020.

Heather Cook has served as the city’s staff liaison to the Kingsport Neighborhood Commission since its inception, but she is stepping down from her role at the city to embark on a new life path. The success of this commission is due in large part to Heather’s creativity and organizational skills. I will also be stepping aside as chair of the commission to let Ted Fields take my place. You’ll hear more from him in the new year. But I’ll still be around!

The Kingsport Neighborhood Commission has been in existence for two years now. We have listened to our neighbors’ concerns and shared possible paths to solutions. In 2018, we learned about the different departments of our city government and shared that knowledge through our Toolbox. This year, the Kingsport Neighborhood Commission collaborated to develop solutions to neighborhood concerns, such as homelessness and code violations. We hope to continue speaking with neighbors and working to help them in 2020.

All of the Kingsport Neighborhood Commission members join me in wishing our neighbors across Kingsport a very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

Join us for a meeting

The Neighborhood Commission meets on the last Thursday of most months at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Room. We will not be meeting in December due to the holiday, but we hope to see you at a meeting in 2020!

Please join us and share your successes and concerns as a valued citizen. We welcome you! In the meantime, if you have something to share, please email us at KingsportNeighborhoods@gmail.com.