Mount Pleasant starts holidays with parade, tree display, home tour

Editor’s note: As of this writing, the Mount Pleasant High School football team continues to advance toward the state championship game, which is on Dec. 13. Mount Pleasant Town officials ask that anyone planning to attend the Christmas parade check the town’s website ( or Facebook page (Town of Mount Pleasant) for any changes to the parade schedule that may occur if the Tigers win Dec. 5.

It’s time for some annual traditions, of the happiest kind, in Mount Pleasant.

Dec. 13 and 14, the town of Mount Pleasant and the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society will welcome folks from all over to join in celebrating the holiday season.

First up is the Christmas Parade, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, led by grand marshal Karsten Granja. Granja is a high school student who is being recognized for his work with the nonprofit Autism Speaks.

The parade will feature the usual array of firetrucks and floats, horses and hillbillies and will end with the arrival of Santa Claus. Afterward, Santa will greet children at the Mount Pleasant Fire Department.

Then it’s time to shift attention to the Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society Museum. The theme for the museum’s open house this year is “A Very Merry Literary Christmas.” After the parade, the museum will be open until 5 p.m.; admission is free (though donations are always welcome). Refreshments will be available.

The museum will be decorated with literary-themed Christmas trees. More than a dozen trees will grace Society Hall, representing such books as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Little Women” and “The Polar Express.”

Miracles Hair Salon helped create “The Gift of the Magi” tree, and the Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library are responsible for the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tree.

Sunday, the Historical Society will sponsor a Tour of Homes that extends beyond Mount Pleasant into more of eastern Cabarrus County. Admission for the tour, which takes in six homes and the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, is $10.

Robin McAllister and Vickey Cline from the Historical Society filled me in on some of the tour details.

Three homes are out of town, they said. The site of the old Lentz Harness Shop, Miles and Tiffany Ruffin’s house east of Mount Pleasant, is filled with what they called “industrial antiques.”

Bob and Sherry Krusinski volunteered their home on Hahn Scott Road for the tour. Along with the house, guests are invited to their barn, where craftspeople will set up their wares.

McAllister and Cline call the home of Mary and Carl Bost on Hudwal Road, “made by hands, loved by hearts.” Carl built the house, which is full of furniture made or loved by family.

Close to the museum, the Tour of Homes includes a perennial favorite, the former Lentz Hotel, now owned by Sam and Resa Treadaway. Up the street is the “eclectic Victorian” 1880s cottage of Diann Lanter.

And on Main Street, tour-goers have the opportunity to see a historic home in the process of renovation and restoration. Blair Sanders, a 20-something teacher at Mount Pleasant Middle School, purchased the house just over a year ago and has been working on it ever since.

Three rooms are finished, she said, and she hopes the rest will be interesting for people who want to see a work in progress.

People want to see what’s been done with these old homes, Cline said, so here’s your chance.