Community Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 4

JMMS hosts the second annual tree lighting Dec. 4 at the courthouse rotunda.
JMMS hosts the second annual tree lighting Dec. 4 at the courthouse rotunda.

The Second Annual Holiday Sparkle Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Greene County Courthouse. The event will feature caroling, bells, reading of the Christmas story, and Sugar Plum Fairy dancers.

The highlight of the evening will be the countdown—led by Santa himself—to light the big Christmas tree in the rotunda. The first 200 visitors to the courthouse will receive a coupon for a free decorated Christmas cookie from Homestead Bakery.

This year, Jefferson Matters: Main Street we will be joined by members of the Relay for Life Committee as they present a Luminarias of Love Christmas tree in the east foyer of the courthouse.  Outside the courthouse they will have luminarias to light up the night.

Thomas Jefferson Gardens is joining in the fun by decorating their gardens for the holidays, featuring an outdoor tree and luminarias. The BPO Does will be having a free will soup supper as part of the festivities. They will be serving at the Elks Lodge from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

After the tree lighting event, kids of all ages can follow Santa and Mrs. Claus through the pathway of luminarias for a free ride up to the top of the Bell Tower and a chance to share their Christmas wish lists with Santa.

JMMS Hosts Business After Hours Nov. 10

The Business Improvement Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street will host “Business After Hours” on Monday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge in Jefferson.

The event will begin with a social time followed by a program at 6 p.m. presented by Ken Paxton, executive director, Greene County Chamber and Development, who will speak on the latest developments for “Marketing Greene County” and Angie Pederson, RVP~1875/History Boy Theatre, who will discuss “Promoting Tourism in Jefferson and Greene County.”

The social time will continue after the program. The event is open to the public at no charge. There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street is a volunteer organization devoted to economic development through historic preservation in downtown Jefferson. If you would like to become involved with JMMS, contact Alan Robinson, program director, at 515-386-3585 or director@

Residents and visitors seeking information about downtown Jefferson are encouraged to visit the Jefferson Matters: Main Street office at 110 West Lincoln Way. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Look for updates about JMMS news and activities at