50 years of Christmas tradition
By Anna Noel
Every year around Christmastime a Christmas sing-along is held at the Davy Store just outside Yorktown. A tradition since 1971, the sing-along has only been canceled once, due to COVID last year. It was still held even when Dolly Ruppert, owner of the store, was in the hospital one year.
“How it started,” explained Ruppert’s daughter, Laura Saunders, “I guess it was in 1971, and Vernon Whitehead would bring his guitar and they would just sing Christmas songs. Each year it just got bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.”
“Whoever wanted to come and make music,” added Dolly Ruppert.
“They sing Christmas carols and everyone brings a finger food,” Saunders continued, “Santa Claus comes. I mean, these parties, they used to get late, cause after the Christmas singing, then they’d start singing country and western, it would go on until like midnight in the past, now not quite as much.”
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