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h o m e w o o d c h a m b e r. o r g 17 arrival of Santa Claus riding in one of Homewood's fi retrucks. Following the parade, Santa is available for photos. LIGHTING OF THE STAR One of the most iconic symbols in Homewood is the large star that has been lit each year for more than 60 years for the holidays. The 200-pound star, crafted by Douglass W. McConnell, holds over 1,200 lights and takes almost a week to prepare and install. The lighting of the star is a classic event featuring performances by school choirs as well as refreshments provided by local businesses. Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer lights the star, and Santa even makes an appearance. STATE OF THE CITY Hosted by the Homewood Chamber of Commerce, the annual State of The City Address Luncheon features Mayor Scott McBrayer recapping local citizens and business owners on how Homewood fared during the previous year and discussing issues that will face the city in the upcom- ing year. The luncheon is also an opportunity for the City to recognize the Police Offi cer, Firefi ghter, and City Employee of the Year. The luncheon is well attended by Chamber members, city and state politicians, and city employees. THE SALAMANDER FESTIVAL Sponsored by the Friends of Shades Creek, the annual Homewood Salamander Festival celebrates the unoffi cial city mascot, the Spotted Salamander. The festival features animal exhibitions, including real salamanders, free arts and crafts for kids, recycling and composting displays, fossil and fossil track displays, live music, nature hikes and This page above: State of the City; Below, clockwise from top: Urban Cookhouse, Pastry Art Bake Shoppe, and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. the salamander story! Local artist Don Stewart was a driving force behind the creation of the festival and in honor of the small spotted creature, and he published a children's storybook called Spot the Spotted Salamander that tells the story of the salamander and its importance to the ecology of the area. TASTE OF HOMEWOOD (HOMEWOOD TRADITION) Held annually at Rosewood Hall in SoHo Square, the popular Taste of Homewood event is a fun-fi lled evening featuring the best food and beverages Homewood has to offer. Area restaurants, caterers, and beverage retailers who are Chamber members are invited to participate by providing a selection of menu items for a public tasting. From pasta to pastries, there's something for every palate. Taste of Homewood serves as one of the Chamber's major fundraisers and is attended by over 300 people each year.

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