Poplarville’s Parade of Homes
This Sunday, the Poplarville Women’s Club will host its fourth annual Christmas Parade of Homes.
Four homes and the Poplarville First United Methodist Church will be featured on this year’s tour.
Poplarville’s Women’s Club was chartered in 1942, treasurer Shirley Wiltshire said. The group performs a variety of community service projects each year including providing Christmas presents for five needy children and providing first responders with stuffed animals.
“The firemen and police officers take the stuffed animals with them to an accident or fire and give it to the children,” Wiltshire said. “Other projects include Read Across America, raising funds for the American Cancer Society and collecting aluminum tabs for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center.”
The group also hosts a veterans breakfast every fall and donates to the battered women’s shelter and hosts food drives for Brothers Keeper.
The first home is the Kennedy home at 414 W. Michigan, where refreshments will be provided, Wiltshire said.
The second home on the tour is the Pridmore home located at 202 W. Church St., which is the Methodist church’s parsonage.
The Norris home at 502 N. Jackson St. is one of the oldest homes in Poplarville, Wiltshire said, and will be featured on the tour.
Perhaps a more interesting home will be the Hill home at 110 W. Church St.
“This home was a Sears Roebuck mail order home,” Wiltshire said. “Back in the 1920’s and 1930’s, people could order a modular home with a distinctive cottage style.”
Local musicians will be performing classical and Christmas songs at the First United Methodist Church at 708 Julia St.
The tour of homes is the club’s scholarship fundraiser, Wiltshire said. Each scholarship, worth about $250, is given to as many as four graduating Poplarville High School seniors depending on the amount raised.
Last year, four students were awarded a scholarship, Wiltshire said.
The parade of homes will began at 1 p.m. and last until 5 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and will be available at each location. Wiltshire said attendees can begin at any home.
The Poplarville Women’s Club meet the first Thursday of every month at various locations at 3:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the club may contact club president Carolyn Tedford at 601-310-0377.