LANA Holiday Festivities

The Lambuth Area Neighborhood Association (L.A.N.A.) is busy preparing for the annual Holiday Home Tour weekend, which will begin on Friday, December 4 and end on Sunday, December 6.

Festivities will begin on December 4 with the LIGHTING OF THE LAKE at Campbell Lake in Midtown Jackson from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and Santa Claus will pay a visit.  No ticket is required.

Following the Lighting of the Lake, a CANDLELIGHT HOME TOUR will take place from 7-9 p.m. The tour, which will feature nine homes, will continue on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm. On Saturday and Sunday the home tour will start at Varnell-Jones Hall (faces Lambuth with circle drive). Programs, information, tickets with maps, and refreshments will be available during tour hours of 1-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. L.A.N.A. cookbooks and “Images of America” Madison County” books by Linda J. Higgins and Scott Parish will be sold.

Tickets for the home tour are $10 in advance and $15 after the tour begins. Tickets are on sale now and will be available until noon on December 4 at the following locations: Two Doors Down Florist and Gifts at 210 East Main Street (410-6977); Will’s Goods and Antiques at 57-C Carriage House Drive (554-8600); and at Varnell-Jones Hall at Lambuth University December 5 and 6 from 1-5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the Lighting of the Lake event.

On Saturday, December 5 a HOLIDAY LUNCHEON will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Clayton Hall at the Downtown First United Methodist Church at 200 South Church Street. A delicious meal, prepared by Heather Morrow of The Concierge; musical entertainment by Lambuth University and Jackson State Community College; a presentation by Katie Pace, executive director of the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation; and  door prizes are features of the luncheon.

Luncheon tickets for the reservations-only event are $15. For reservations or more information on the luncheon, contact Carol Clement at (731) 616-8256 or e-mail Carol at (THIS EVENT SELLs OUT EARLY!)

On Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. a TRADITIONAL CANDELIGHT SERVICE featuring the Lambuth University Choir, under the direction of Carrie Prewitt, will take place in Lambuth’s Womack Chapel. The public is invited, and there is no admission fee or ticket required for the weekend finale event.

For the third consecutive year a LIGHT UP LANA! exterior lighting contest will be held. “This event will offer an opportunity for Midtown residents to show off their exterior holiday lighting skills,” said Scott Parish, president of L.A.N.A. A list of participants in the lighting contest will be posted on the L.A.N.A. Web site: The list and a map will also be distributed at the Lighting of the Lake event on December 4. Area residents may tour the L.A.N.A. neighborhood to see the holiday lights and vote for their favorite display from December 4 through 6. Prizes are awarded the winners.

For more information on the weekend festivities, contact Abbie Hinton, chair, at (731) 394-0960 or e-mail her at       L.A.N.A. is a 501©3 non-profit organization. Home tour tickets and donations are tax deductible. For more information on L.A.N.A., visit the Web site:

–Information from LANA press release 11/23/09–