Rain to not dampen long-time Inverness event

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Light Up Inverness
Photo: City of Inverness/ The magic of Light Up Inverness as seen from the eyes of a child.

Light Up Inverness

Inverness, Fl–The arrival of a recent cold front to the Suncoast Region has given local residents a taste of cold weather and needed rain. But, the arrival of rain has raised some concerns about the Light Up Inverness event scheduled for today, starting at 5 PM. During a phone interview with Liz Fernley, Marketing Manager for the City of Inverness Event & Visitor Bureau, light rain this afternoon and early-evening may cause some last-minute changes to the event’s schedule but that the event was still a go.

Fernley shared with the Standard that City officials would be monitoring hourly weather reports and provide updates on the City’s Facebook page. Click here for Light Up Inverness updates throughout the day.

Fernley confirmed that two elements of the event, the Valerie Theater playing of “Miracle on 34th Street” and the Citrus High School Choir singing event on the second floor of the Citrus County Historical Society at the Old Courthouse Museum, were both free indoor activities.  Those interested in the Valerie Theater screening are advised to call (352) 341-7850 as tickets are required for entry and more attendees may choose to attend the viewing due to current weather concerns.

Fernley insisted that the City will be monitoring weather updates throughout the afternoon and post updates to the City of Inverness Facebook page.

Below is a press release received from the City of Inverness about Light Up Inverness. Some elements listed earlier in the week may need to be modified or removed due to weather.

“The City of Inverness announces its holiday tradition, Light Up Inverness, which is an old-fashioned Christmas celebration. The event is set for December 8, 2017, at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Join us for a magical evening with Christmas music, snowfall, horse carriage rides, train rides and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The City of Inverness welcomes back its popular old-fashioned locomotive ride to downtown Inverness. New this year, the official lighting of the 22-foot tall Christmas tree on the Valerie Plaza is set for 6 p.m., and horse carriage rides will be provided along the Courthouse Square.
The Valerie Theater will have a free showing of the Miracle on 34th Street, please contact the theater for tickets in advance. The Old Courthouse Museum & Citrus County Historical Society will offer a free Christmas music event on the 2nd floor starting at 5 p.m. by the Citrus High School Choir, no tickets required. The museum will also be open until 8 p.m. with free admission to all exhibits. This marks the 22nd year the “Christmas Trees Around the Old Courthouse” have been placed around the museum. The Citrus County Chamber is sponsoring a horse carriage ride on a first come, first serve basis, at no charge. For more information on this event, and other holiday events go to VisitInvernessFL.com or call (352) 341-7820. Read news release online at VisitInvernessFL.com<https://fl-invernessevb.civicplus.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=86>”

Submitted by Liz Fernley, Marketing Manager, City of Inverness, Inverness Event & Visitor Bureau, Posted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on December 8, 2017 at 11: 56 AM

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