Christmas Pilgrimage set for this weekend

Published 7:00 am Friday, December 5, 2014

The Civic Woman’s Club of Picayune is inviting the community to participate in their annual Christmas Pilgrimage from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The club started the pilgrimage 27 years ago, and it is now considered their biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised from the event goes to scholarships for Pearl River Central High School and Picayune Memorial High School students.

Every year the pilgrimage features three homes and one church that have been decorated in preparation for visitors to enjoy themselves in an open house format. Debbie Benoit, the Chair of the Pilgrimage at the Civic Woman’s Club, said she is grateful to the homeowners who have made the event possible.

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“They so graciously have opened their homes to the public, which is a big undertaking,” said Benoit, “Without them, a pilgrimage would not be possible.”

Benoit added that the beautiful homes in the pilgrimage have gone all out on decorations this year, and said the event will appeal to all ages. There will be fun activities and treats, and kids should keep an eye out for Santa Claus, who will be at one of the homes this Saturday.

The homes participating in this year’s pilgrimage are:

–       Debbie and Randy Burge of 36 Don Burge Rd. in Carriere.

–       Rhonda and Johnny Holston of 155 Burgetown Rd. in Carriere.

–       Rebecca and Chris Fernandez of 177 North Hill Dr. in Carriere.

First Baptist Church on Goodyear Boulevard in Picayune will also be participating.

Tickets to the pilgrimage are on sale for $10 at Melinda’s, The Glass Porch, April’s Art Studio and the Picayune Chamber of Commerce. Tickets may also be purchased at the door of any participating home for $15. For more information on the pilgrimage, call Benoit at 601-916-4306.