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17th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night December 16, 2017

Updated November 17. We now have a coordinator for Governors Lake.  Cathie Heck (12008 Wicker Drive). Still need volunteer to coordinator the Governors Village Townes.

Tim Watkins recently provided information about the annual Luminary Night.

Hello Neighbors – I am sending this message to provide additional details about the 17th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 16th, with a rain date of Sunday, December 17, 2017. For this event to be possible, we need coordinators for each area of our neighborhood. This year, we are in need of a coordinator for Governors Lake. If you are interested in serving as the coordinator for this area of our community, please contact me either via email (thwatkinsnc@gmail.com) or phone (919-969-9840). The coordinators for the Village, Forest, and Park are as follows:

Governors Village – Grace Harris (10044 Fountain)
Governors Forest – Ann White (10026 Hammock Bend)
Governors Park – Tim and Melissa Watkins (30077 Britt)

Our area coordinators will be accepting donations and coordinating the event for their area. In addition to donations for the Ronald McDonald House, there are other ways you can help out with this event, including preparing luminaries, setting them out, lighting them, and/or cleaning up. If you are interested in helping out, please contact your area coordinator (for now, neighbors in Governors Lake can contact me). Be on the look out for a flier in your mail soon after Thanksgiving.

Thanks very much and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tim Watkins

Contact: Tim Watkins, thwatkinsnc at gmail.com

17th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night December 16, 2017

Tim Watkins recently announced Saturday, December 16, 2017 is the date for the 17th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night. The Watkins family organizes this event each year to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.  More information will be provided in the near future.

Contact: Tim Watkins, thwatkinsnc at gmail.com

Santa Is Coming Saturday December 10, 2016

DSC_1327SANTA’S VISIT TO GOVERNORS VILLAGE IS THIS SATURDAY!

Santa will be hitching a ride on the firetruck through Governors Village this Saturday (December 10th) at approximately 2:30pm. He will be stopping in each neighborhood at the following locations in this order:
The Forest – at the corner of Raintreebend and the Forest entrance.
The Village – at the corner of Fountain Park and Long.
The original Townhouses – at David Stone & Loop Park (small park in the middle of the original towns).
The Lake – at Wicker at the access road down to the townhouses
The Park – at the pool parking lot.

It is very important that children stay safely on the sidewalks until the firetruck comes to a complete stop in each neighborhood. The firetruck doesn’t stop as quickly as Santa’s reindeers!

While Santa is on his ride, some of the neighborhoods will be preparing the luminaries to benefit The Ronald McDonald House for lighting that evening. Please come out and help the volunteers fill and placing the luminaries throughout your neighborhoods while waiting for Santa to arrive.

If there is inclement weather on Saturday the 10th , the Luminaries will be celebrated on Sunday the 11th. Unfortunately Santa will not be able to attend since he has other obligations that day.

Contacts
If there are any questions concerning Santa’s visit, please contact Mary Anne Hutton at maryannehutton@gmail.com and questions concerning the luminaries direct to Tim Watkins at thwatkinsnc@gmail.com

16th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night December 10, 2016

Tim Watkins recently announced details for the 16th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night. Volunteers are needed to help make the evening a success.

Hello Neighbors – I am sending this message to provide additional details about the 16th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. For the past 15 years our neighborhood has participated in this event and come together along with other communities across the Chapel Hill area to support the families who rely on the Ronald McDonald House for comfort and compassion during the most difficult times of their lives.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 10th, with a rain date of Sunday, December 11th. For this event to be possible, we need coordinators for each area of our neighborhood. We are still in need of coordinators for Governors Lake, Governors Village, and Governors Townes. If you are interested in serving as the coordinator for one of these areas, please contact me either via email or phone. The coordinators for the other areas of our neighborhood are as follows:

Governor’s Forest – Ann White (10026 Hammock Bend)
Governor’s Park – Tim Watkins (30077 Britt)

Our area coordinators will be accepting donations and coordinating the event for their area. In addition to donations for the Ronald McDonald House, there are other ways you can help out with this event, including preparing luminaries, setting them out, lighting them, and/or cleaning up. If you are interested in helping out, please contact your area coordinator (for now, neighbors in the Lake, Village and Townes can contact me). Be on the look out for a flier in your mail in the next week or so with additional information.

Thanks very much and Happy Thanksgiving.

Tim Watkins

Contact: Tim Watkins, thwatkinsnc at gmail.com,  919-969-9840

Recap: Santa Claus visits Governors Village (2015)

Santa visited the Governors Village neighborhoods on December 12th. The day was warm so Santa left his reindeer at the North Pole and wore his air conditioned suit. The Chatham County Firefighters were kind to arrange for his travel around our neighborhoods.

The Governors Village Social Committee provided hot chocolate at Santa’s stops and Santa dove into his bag of goodies to give each child a candy cane. Santa was welcomed by one and all and even a four legged friend. The children had their opportunity to confess to Santa when they were just a little bit naughty instead of nice. They told Santa what they hoped to find under their tree this Christmas.

After everyone got their treat and took family photos, Santa boarded the fire truck headed for the airport where his helicopter was waiting to take him back to the North Pole. His pilot, Rudolph had everything ready for the flight. Merry Christmas to all!

 

Photographs and narrative by Ted Smith, GV Communications Committee

Santa Claus is coming to Governors Village (2015)

Santa will be arriving in Governors Village in conjunction with the Lighting of the Luminaries on Saturday, December 12th starting in the Forest at approximately 3:00. He’s hitching a ride on a fire truck and driving through each neighborhood stopping to hand out candy canes at the following locations and order:

Forest – at the entrance and Raintree Bend
Village – at the intersection of Fountain Park and Long
Towns – at the intersection of Loop Park and David Stone
Lake – at the top of Wicker and the access road
Park – at the pool parking lot

Parents please be sure your children stay on the sidewalks while the fire truck is in motion. This is very important. Trucks don’t fly like reindeer. The GV Social Committee will also provide hot chocolate at Santa’s stops.

Please be fire safe throughout the year especially during the holidays, and know that Santa and the Chatham County firefighters wish you and yours the very happiest of holiday.

**There is always a chance the fire department will have an emergency and not be able to arrive on time or may have to during the event. Please make sure you keep children close by when you are near the fire truck in case they need to leave in a hurry.

Attachment:
Santa Claus is coming to Governors Village (2015) [PDF]

Contact
Diane Talley, Governors Village Social Committee (di [at] netalley.net)

Update: 15th Annual Governor’s Village Luminary Night

The 15th Annual Governor’s Village Luminary Night is on Saturday, December 12th. Please look for a flier in your mail box for some additional information about this event and about making donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.

As I mentioned before, if you are interested in helping, there are several ways to do so (helping out in any way is GREATLY appreciated).

  1. Folding luminary bags – This is an important job and saves much time. Contact your area coordinator if you can help out with the task in advance of December 12th.
  2. Preparing the luminaries – Each area will meet on Saturday, December 12th (or 13th in case of rain). This is a fun event for the whole family. If you have a truck, bring it to your meeting place.
    Meeting time and locations:
    Park – Volleyball Court at 2:30
    Lake – Lakeside on Wicker Drive at 2:30
    Forest – 10005 Hammock Bend at 2:00
    Village Homes – Village Playground at 2:30
  3. Lighting luminaries – Start lighting at 5:00PM on Saturday, Dec 12th.
  4. Picking up luminary bags – On Sunday, December 13th please help with picking up the luminary bags in your area.

If you would like to make a donation, please provide it to one of the area coordinators (see list below) or go online to the Ronald McDonald House (http://www.rmh-chapelhill.org/). If you make a donation online, please indicate that you are donating on behalf of the Governor’s Village Luminary Night. Also, if you have already provided your donation, THANKS VERY MUCH!
We now have Area Coordinators for all areas of our neighborhood (see below). Thanks so much to these individuals!

Area Coordinators:
Park – Tim and Melissa Watkins (30077 Britt)
Lake – Karen Howard (12025 Wicker Drive)
Forest – Linda MacDonald (10028 Hammock Bend)
Village Homes – Grace Harris (10044 Fountain)
Village Townes – Sibby Anderson-Thompkins (50406 Governors Dr)

Contact: Tim Watkins thwatkinsnc [at] gmail.com

Followup: 14th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night

The 14th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night was held Saturday, December 13, 2014. Tim and Melissa Watkins thanked everyone for participating in a letter to the listserve.

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The 14th Annual Governors Village Luminary Night was a great success! The weather was wonderful, the luminaries looked great, we had some fun (including a visit from Santa) and, as community, we contributed to support the families of the Ronald McDonald House.

We want thank everyone who volunteered to prepare, set out, and clean up the luminaries this year and to thank everyone who contributed to the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. Thanks also to the social committee for arranging the visit from Santa and providing hot chocolate and coffee. We also would like to thank Domicile Realty for once again participating and hosting the community gathering at the Bean and Barrel. Finally, this event would not be possible without the help of our area coordinators – so we would like to thank Karen Howard, Ann White, Leslie Nelson, and Stephanie Anderson.

Happy Holidays!

Tim and Melissa Watkins

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Contacts
Luminaries – Park – Tim and Melissa Watkins, watkinsnc at earthlink.net
Social Committee – Mary Anne Hutton, maryannehutton at gmail.com

Photographs by Ted Smith, Communications Chair and Photographer