The 11th Annual Kriskindlmarkt drew crowds to the Clifton Forge School of the Arts to purchase handmade gifts, partake of German food and drink, and experience the entertainment on Fri. and Sat., Nov. 18-19.
The German-style Christmas market was held at 518 Church St. in the Town of Clifton Forge on Fri. from 2:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. and on Sat. from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
Many motor vehicles with in-state and out-of-state license plates such as Texas and W. Va. were parked along Church St. from the U.S. Post Office to the Clifton Forge Public Library.
Friday, at 4:30 p.m., all of the parking spaces were filled along Church St. from Commercial Ave. to the library as people were coming and going from the ground-level floor of the school’s facility where the festivities were taking place.
An even larger crowd attended on Sat., and shoppers could be seen entering the Clifton Forge School of the Arts’ ground-level floor where the festivities were being held as others exited the facility, many with their arms full of what they had purchased.
Shortly after the closing of Kriskindlmarkt at 5:00 p.m. on Sat., the official ceremony for the dedication of the LOVEworks Sculpture that is part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s statewide program launched in 2013 to promote travel and enhance Virginia’s slogan, “Virginia is for Lovers,” took place across Church St. from the school.
The fund drive to secure a permanent place for the Love Sculpture and pay for it began 18 months ago, and the site approved by the committee, the Town of Clifton Forge and The Historic Masonic Theatre is at 513 Church St. adjacent to the Masonic Amphitheatre near the bridge across Smith Creek.
Each letter on the Love Sculpture represents something special about the Town of Clifton Forge, and each letter has a Quick Response (QR) Code that can be accessed via a smartphone to take the viewer to the LOVEworks Sculpture Website where vital information about the town and what it has to offer in terms of restaurants, art facilities, parks, trails and other amenities can be accessed.
The Love Sculpture stands 5’ tall, and a ribbon cutting will be held following the completion of the final landscaping around it.
Holiday festivities continued following the unveiling of the LOVEworks Sculpture at 5:30 p.m. with the official lighting of the Town of Clifton Forge’s Christmas tree at 6:00 p.m.