The Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority (CSHLRA) has hopes of revitalizing the campus and growing community involvement.
Local residents can kick the holiday season into full swing by coming out to the caroling event Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. Held in the pecan grove near the Powell Building, the Christmas event truly engages the community with the campus, current workers and facility residents.
CSH and the Authority are partnering to host a full day of festivities including the 54th Mayor’s Motorcade parade starting at 12:30 p.m., two M-Day performances at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the auditorium, and of course the caroling.
All events revolve around the pecan grove. CSHLRA Executive Director Mike Couch wants people to feel comfortable returning to the campus that should no longer have a dark feel.
“The pecan grove has always been a center of activity even 40 years ago when I was living in Milledgeville, and it is our intention to make it a center of activity for the community once again,” Couch said in a press release.
The caroling will consist of multiple churches including the First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church.
The event includes holiday-inspired refreshments provided by the Rotary Club and door prizes. All of the Dec. 4 activities are free of charge.
Chair of Communication and Marketing for CSHLRA Bruce Vaughn said the caroling is the first of many events coming to the pecan orchard.
“All this is an effort to draw attention to everything the state hospital has been able to do for Baldwin County. We need the citizens of Baldwin County be familiar with what is going on and be involved. We aren’t keeping any secrets. We want them to know how hard we are working to revitalize that campus and bring new jobs to Baldwin County,” Vaughn said.