Candle Sales Info for the 38th Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas- Dec 14 & 15th, 2013

The purpose of Candle Lighting is to showcase our wonderful neighborhood here in Downtown Hattiesburg! Please invite family and friends to visit and take part in our Neighborhood Celebration.  

CANDLE SALES: The candles, bags, and sand are considered a “candle set or kit”. The “candle sets” may be purchased for $5 per dozenCandle sales will be from 8:30 am to Noon on Saturday & Sunday– December 7th  and 8th at The Walthall and again on Saturday, Dec 14th .   The sand is located on the East side of the condo near Court Street. . Bring a shovel and bucket to transport your sand. The Walthall School is located on the corner of Court St. and Rebecca Ave.

*Please renew your Neighborhood Association/Walthall Foundation membership or join the association by paying Neighborhood/Walthall Dues when you pick up your candle kits.  Annual household dues ($25) allow us to take care of the Walthall grounds, pay the bills for the Walthall Condo, conduct neighborhood beautification projects, and finance neighborhood gatherings like Night Out Against Crime and Thanksgiving Potluck.  Checks made payable to HHNA or Walthall Foundation.


Carriage rides will be from 5 to 9 PM on Saturday and Sunday.  Ticket prices are $5 for adults & children (lap riders – kids three and under ride free).  Tickets will be sold at the Walthall School on a first come, first served basis.  There are no reservations and no group discounts. (This years route will be extended to include Rebecca, Dabbs, and Bay Street.

Holiday Tour of Homes will be on Saturday and Sunday Dec 14th  and 15th   from 5pm until 8:30pm.  Open houses will feature 2 homes in the neighborhood; 104 and 108 Short Bay as well as (hopefully- apartments in the Carter and American Building).  Admission is $10 and tickets will be available in the Walthall.

Refreshments will be sold in the Walthall Neighborhood Condo from 5 to 9 PM on both nights.   Please Sign up and let us know if you will bake some goodies for us to sell.  Hot chocolate, coffee, & water will be sold along with the baked goods donated by neighbors.   If you have baked goods to deliver for the refreshment counter on candle lighting weekend, please deliver them before Noon on Saturday December 8th as the building may be locked up until time for the carriage rides to begin.

PLEASE sign up to help out at the Walthall during Candle Lighting – please contact:

  • Andrea Saffle  601-270-1373
  • Debi Davenport 601-310-6991
  • Sarah Crimmins


The first step in getting ready for candle lighting is to determine how many candles you will need. Step off your sidewalks at about 3-foot intervals. Some people “double bag”, that is they place candles every 3 feet on both sides of the walk.  Others “single bag” and place them along one side of the sidewalk or along the curb, and some folks prefer to zigzag their bags along sidewalks & walkways. This is totally up to you.

After you have determined the number of bags you want for your design then you are ready for the next step. Purchasing your “candle sets”. They are available for purchase at the Walthall.  The sand will also be available at the Walthall.  The candles, bags, and sand are considered a “candle set”. The “candle sets” may be purchased for $5 per dozen.  Candle sales will be from 8:30 am to Noon on Saturday and Sunday the week before candlelighting, and again on Saturday of Candlelighting. IF you need them before that- call or email Andrea to make arrangements to pick them up- 601.270.1373 or  The sand is located on the East side of the condo near Court Street. . Bring a shovel and bucket to transport your sand. The Walthall School is located on the corner of Court Street and Rebecca Avenue.

After you get your “candle sets” home now you are ready for the next step. Prepare the bags by turning down the top of the bag like a cuff. Fold the bags down on the inside or outside about 2 inches.  Most people do their bag preparation the morning of candle lighting, or if they have several dozen, they do it the night before.

The next step is to place a cup of sand in the bottom of the bag. Some folks prefer to fill the bags with a cup of sand and then place the candle in the bag as they walk along the sidewalk. Others prefer to fill their bags with sand in the backyard and then bring the bags around in a wagon or wheel barrow. If you have a crew of folks you can approach it assembly line style. Someone places the bag, another fills it with sand and the next one places the candle in the sand. You will discover what works best for you.

The next step is to light the candles by 5:00 PM on Saturday (about dusk)*. A long cardboard tube is handy for blowing out candles (a wrapping paper tube) just after 9:00 PM on Saturday night.  On Sunday night, relight the candles at dusk and then just let them burn out as they will.  * Those long hand-held safety lighters seem to work well for lighting the candles in the bags.

Weather is always an unknown factor.  WE ONLY CANCEL IF IT IS A TOTAL RAIN OUT.  If it is POURING rain or VERY windy on the first night most people save them until the second night. Candles will burn in a mist or light rain if it isn’t too windy.

Everything else goes on according to schedule regardless of weather.

Candle Lighting Weekend is Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th , 2013

HHNA Recognized by HHDA for Leadership

Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association’s Leadership Award, 2012

Presented to an individual, organization or business that has made an outstanding contribution to the Vitality of Downtown Hattiesburg.

The partnership with the Historic Neighborhood Association is one of tremendous importance to HHDA. They regularly hot special events and are a customer base for our restaurants and retailers. Recognized by the American Planning Association as a Great Neighborhood in 2011, The Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood Association has made a significant impact on the economy of Hattiesburg and particularly downtown. Under the leadership of Andrea Saffle, they have expanded the Crawfish Jam, created the BBQ Showdown and most importantly the Victorian Candlelit Christmas.

Thank you to Betsy and the HHDA board for honoring Andrea Saffle and HHNA with the Leadership Award for 2012 for our contribution to the vitality of Downtown Hattiesburg. We value our partnership with HHDA and look forward to an exciting future for Downtown!


2012 Candlelighting coming up Dec 8th & 9th

The Annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas will be held December 8th& 9th from dark-9pm each night in the Historic Hattiesburg Neighborhood in downtown Hattiesburg.  “Candlelighting” is a longtime holiday favorite event that draws hundreds of visitors from throughout the region, featuring the popular horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday tour of historic homes, luminary lined streets and sidewalks, and strolling carolers throughout the district.

The center of activities will be The Walthall Center at the Walthall Condominiums, one block west of Bay Street on Rebecca Avenue, between Court and Walnut streets. The carriage rides and shuttle will leave from this location.  All entertainment, refreshments, and tickets for both the carriage rides and Tour of Homes will be available at Walthall Center from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. each night. Tickets for the carriage rides will be $5 and will be sold only at the Walthall both days. Tickets for the Tour of Homes will be $10 and they will be available for sale at the Walthall on Saturday from 5-9pm and Sunday from 5-7p.m.

This year’s Holiday Tour of Homes will feature four homes, and will run Saturday and Sunday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm.  The tour will feature one of the Grand homes of the neighborhood, “Great Oaks” at 106 Short Bay, a 1930’s Bunglalow at 518 Rebecca Ave., and two apartments in the Walthall. Condominiums in the Walthall will showcase great apartment living in this restored historic landmark with four apartments open.  Click Here for 2012 Victorian Candlelit Christmas brochure.    For more information call 601 270 1373 or email

Calling All Neighbors- We need YOU to Volunteer Today for Candlelighting

Candlelighting is coming up fast!  Remember that this is a neighborhood wide event and takes a neighborhood wide effort and if everyone does just a little bit- no one has to do it all.  So Please sign up today and do as much as you can!

Below are several opportunities to get involved- please reply to me and let me know what you will sign up for.   WE NEED YOUR HELP and its a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and experience what makes our neighborhood so special. You are always welcome to bring your kids and your favorite beverage to any of these work days!

We need help finishing decorating inside the Walthall- and lighting the park-  

1- We need able body men to run the power cords for the big trees and to help put our 18 foot tree  together.  We have the lights put on them already- just need help putting it together.

2- Inside Walthall- need men to help hang garland over the doorways outside- lifting and getting on the ladders.  Others to help decorate tree, put garland on the railings, etc.

If you can volunteer 1 hour! That would be a huge help.  Anytime Saturday morning (this and next, Sunday anytime 1-3.

Time Slots for Candlelighting Volunteers NEEDED:

Candle Sales:   

Saturday, Dec 1st        Need 6-8 people per shift

8:30 am – 10:30 am        signed up:    Jennifer Bishop, Alyce Lucius, Cynthia Anderson

10:30 am- 11:30 am      Signed up:    Debbie Ferrill, Pam Hill, Karley Hill

11:30 am- 12:30 pm      Signed up:    Tina Haley, Ray Haley, Mic Davis, Michael Anderson

Sunday, Dec 2nd        Need 6-8 people per shift 

10:30am – 12:30 pm       Signed up:  Tina Haley, Jill Wiest, Barbara Ward

12:30 pm- 2:30 p.m.      Bonita Pipkins

Saturday, Dec 8th      Need 6-8 people per shift

8:30 am – 10:30 am        signed up:  David Echevarria, Sohbian Thriffley Ashlyn Brock,

10:30 am – 12:30 pm     Signed up: Lou Ann Schrotter

Ticket Sales inside  Walthall during candlelighting event

Saturday, Dec 8th     Need 2-3 people per shift

4:45 pm – 7:00 pm       Signed up: Joe & Jennifer Bishop

7:00 pm- 9:00 pm        Signed up: Leslie & Alex Bilancia

Sunday, Dec 9th        Need 2-3 people per shift

4:45 pm – 7:00 pm       Signed up:

7:00 pm- 9:00 pm        Signed up: Tate & Lhay Thriffley

Refreshment Sales- in Walthall during candlelighting event

Saturday, Dec 8th       Need 3-4 people per shift

4:45 pm – 7:00 pm       Signed up:            Ashlyn Brock, Jr & Leslie Shows

7:00 pm- 9:00 pm        Signed up:

Sunday, Dec 9th        Need 3-4 people per shift

4:45 pm – 7:00 pm       Signed up:  Mitzi Russell, Rachel (?)

7:00 pm- 9:00 pm        Signed up:

Open House Guides to work at Open Houses during candlelighting event- Locations TBA

Saturday, Dec 8th       Need 8-10 people per shift

4:45 pm – 7:00 pm       Signed up:

7:00 pm- 9:00 pm        Signed up:

Sunday, Dec 9th       Need 8-10 people per shift

4:45 pm – 7:00 pm       Signed up:

7:00 pm- 9:00 pm        Signed up:

Volunteer to Bring Baked Goods to be sold at Refreshments table on Saturday and Sunday

Must be delivered to Walthall no later than 5 pm on Saturday, Dec 8th. Please package for individual serving sizes.

Signed Up:  Eric Tate. Jennifer Bishop, Melissa Beauvais, Mitzi Russell, Beverly McMillen, Tina Haley, Jennifer Ferrill Shaidnagle, Karen Saffle, Karen Rowell

Putting Out bags & lighting candles in common areas around the neighborhood. These areas include the round abouts, vacant houses, and Bay Street Median. This is very labor intensive- so we need all the help we can get!   MAKES GREAT SERVICE HOURS!

Neighborhood Pot Luck Dinner

Potluck is set for Tuesday, November 13th at the Walthall

Calling all Neighbors!

Annual Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Tuesday, Nov 13th at the Walthall.  Social begins at 6:30pm  Dinner opens at 7 p.m.

What to bring?  If you live on:

Vegetable or Dressing:    Walnut, Southern, Rebecca, River Avenue, Hall, W Laurel or Williams.

Dessert Items:  Dabbs, Roni,  Elizabeth, Court, Bay, East Laurel or Short Bay

Turkeys and Hams will be provided by the Neighborhood Association along with water, iced tea and hot dogs for the kids.

Please feel free to bring your own wine or drink of choice.  Be sure to bring your neighbor!


Hurricane Preparedness Guide

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  • Flashlight(s) with extra batteries.
  • Portable radio with extra batteries.
  • NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Non-perishable food for at least 3 days.
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day).
  • First Aid Kit with prescription medications.
  • Bedding and clothing for each family member.
  • Blankets and towels.
  • Plastic dishes/eating utensils.
  • Rain Jackets/pants.
  • Sun screen/sunglasses/mosquito repellant.
  • Baby supplies (food, diapers, medication).
  • Pet supplies (food, leash & carrier, vaccination records).
  • Sanitary supplies.
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, cleanser, bleach, towelettes, toilet paper, trash bags, feminine hygiene products.
  • Copies of important documents.
  • Driver’s license, SS card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, medical records, family pictures, etc.
  • Cash, enough to fill up your vehicle with gas and travelers checks.
  • Emergency generator.
  • Bicycle helmet.

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