Buzz: Downtown Rome Christmas tree already down; an idea about next season. ‘Chipper’ already collecting live trees. Plus: Floyd School Board meets Monday. Auditions set for ‘Almost, Maine.’

Buzz: Downtown Rome Christmas tree already down; an idea about next season. ‘Chipper’ already collecting live trees. Plus: Floyd School Board meets Monday. Auditions set for ‘Almost, Maine.’

As the artificial tree came down Wednesday morning, our thoughts turned to the nearby real deal (below). Hometown photos.

It’s beginning to look a lot like … January through November: The artificial Christmas tree was coming down in pieces on Wednesday, a day after New Year’s. The $5,000 tree was added soon after the real tree nearby came down because of suspected health issues. One year, the adjacent tree between the Carnegie Building and the Rome Floyd Chamber was pressed into service, complete with Santa’s lighting of the tree at the end of that year’s Christmas parade. With 10 months to go before we do it again, we pose this question: Why not switch back to the chamber tree? There’s something … artificial … about the replacement tree when it comes to the holidays, at least in our opinion.


Courtesy: Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful.

Bring One for the Chipper, a holiday tradition in Georgia for 28 years and the largest tree recycling program in the nation, invites residents to bring their Christmas trees to the Home Depot at 103 Hicks Drive in Rome on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. The above photo, from Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful, shows that some trees already are in the “corral” set up outside the Home Depot garden center adjacent to Burger King. You’re welcome to drop you trees now through Saturday.


Jan. 7: The monthly Floyd County Board of Education meeting will be held next Monday.  Caucus begins at 5 p.m. in the superintendent’s office and the board meeting at 6 p.m. in the board room.


Auditions for the romantic comedy ‘Almost, Maine:’ Rome Little Theatre kicks off the New Year with auditions for the magical romantic comedy Almost, Maine by John Cariani. Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 7 and 8, at 6:30 p.m., and callbacks will be Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Theatre. On a cold, clear winter night, under the magical spell of the northern lights, the residents of the mythical town of Almost, Maine experience the joys, wonders, and heartache of falling in and out of love. Audition details and information about the show can be found on Rome Little Theatre’s website, www.romelittletheatre.com/copy-of-audition-details.Registration for auditions will begin at 5:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday. Almost, Maine will open Feb. 8 and run through Feb. 17 on the DeSoto  stage. This production is directed by Chris Davidson and the participants of Rome Little Theatre’s Director’s Lab.

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