RIPLEY - After the tryptophan lull of Thanksgiving began to wear off around Jackson County, residents began to emerge from their homes ready to shake off the “leftover blues” that are seemingly inevitable.

On Friday night, the city of Ripley gathered at City Hall and sang Christmas carols as the tree was officially lit. Mayor Carolyn Radar addressed the healthy crowd that dared to weather the temperatures. Hot Chocolate was served with homemade cookies provide by Ripley’s own Granny’s Grill on 502 Church Street.

Small Business Saturday, hosted by Main Street Ripley was highlighted by a new business in town called 218, located on 218 Main Street. The new shop offers sophisticated fashions and accessories. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at noon on Saturday with Mayor Radar and Main Street Ripley Executive Director Paula Casto in attendance.
Shop owner April Showen was excited and pleased with the turnout for her grand opening.

“I am a Ripley girl and to be able to open the shop here means a lot to me,” said Showen. (look for a feature story on the shop in a future edition of JN).

After the ball drop at the Jackson County Courthouse, the parade began and commenced through the center of town and around the courthouse. While daylight turned to dusk, the parade was a gorgeous collection of lights, color and jovial small town kinship.

The Parade welcomed the employees of Cedar Lakes as Grand Marshalls as a concerted effort to save the facility is in full swing within the county and State of West Virginia.
The Ripley Police Department and the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department gave of their time to make sure traffic flowed smoothly as the parade made its way around Main Street.

Youngsters enjoyed sitting on Santa’s knee in the Jackson County Courthouse gazebo as the line to greet Mr. Claus stretched 100 feet across the lawn.
It was indeed the perfect way to cap off an eventful and successful Saturday.