Eric Swanson Staff Writer email@example.com
Ada’s wintry weather has prompted two organizations to reschedule their holiday events.
The Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights was originally scheduled for last Thursday, but Ada Main Street postponed the event due to hazardous driving conditions. The Main Street board decided this week to move the parade to Thursday, Dec. 19, unless the weather turns nasty again.
“We’re just crossing our fingers that it won’t,” Main Street program manager Amy Kaiser said Tuesday.
Check-in for the parade will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 in the parking lot of Gateway Church, located at the corner of 14th and Broadway. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. at Main Street and Stockton, head east down Main and turn back south on Hope.
Downtown merchants will be open late that night to accommodate holiday shoppers, Kaiser said. Updated information will be available on Ada Main Street’s Facebook page.
Last week’s storm also forced organizers of the Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society’s annual fundraiser to consult the calendar. The Dog’s Night Out holiday gala was originally set for Dec. 7, but it has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 18.
Organizers are hoping the new date will make it possible for more people to attend the gala, said PAWS board member Nancy Shew.
“People are so busy during Christmas time, we’re hoping that will be an open spot on the calendar for many people,” she said. “Maybe those who weren’t able to come in December will be able to come in January.”
Organizers will select a winter theme for the gala to replace the original Christmas theme, but everything else is the same.
The gala will run from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 18 at Oak Hills Golf and Country Club. The event will include a silent auction, dinner and dancing, with live music provided by Richard Payne and Class Act of Durant.
The event is open to the public, and tickets are $70 per person. Tickets are still available, and organizers are accepting donations for the silent auction.
Corporate sponsors are helping pick up the tab for the gala, and part of the proceeds will be used to pay for any remaining expenses. The rest of the proceeds will go to PAWS to help cover operating costs.
To make reservations or donate items for the auction, call Shew at 332-0053 or Mary Criswell at 332-0586.