Landham chosen for parade marshal
Faye Landham seems to be everywhere, so those who know her won’t be surprised that she’ll be at the Night of Lights Christmas Parade Friday evening.
But because Landham is everywhere, she will not just be at the parade, she will be in it.
Landham has been chosen to be grand marshal of the parade because of her involvement in local volunteer organizations and her constant promotion of Granbury.
Landham has been called the Facebook Queen of Gran-bury because her Facebook page often features announcements about local events and photos of tourists she has encountered – and personally welcomed – on the historic square.
James Dickens of the Visit Granbury Convention and Visitors Bureau, who selected Landham for the grand marshal honor, said that she is “somebody who doesn’t just talk about the community, but gets involved in the community.”
He stated, “In Granbury, Texas, just stand at any corner and sooner or later Faye’s going to pass you going to 20 different events in the city.”
Dickens said that when he first told Landham that he wanted her to serve as grand marshal for the Christmas parade, he was met with silence. He told her that was serious.
“Her question was, ‘Why me?’” Dickens said. “I said, ‘Faye, you are one of the top promoters of our city.’ I choose people who are involved.”
Landham is involved, in many projects, clubs and endeavors. She is an ambassador for the chamber and constantly encourages people to shop locally.
“Faye Landham is one of our tenured Granbury Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, serving more than five years,” said Maureen Griffin, the chamber’s marketing and communications director.
“She attends nearly every chamber function, from ribbon cuttings to luncheons, Women in Business After-Hours, and MemberLink breakfast events. Faye is always available for workdays when we send out requests for volunteers.”
Landham is also a member of the Granbury Opera Guild, helping out the Granbury Theatre Company, which stages performances at the historic Opera House on the square.
And she is or has been a board member and/or president of several clubs in town. Currently she is president of the Lake Granbury Newcomers Club.
Landham is even on the Historic Granbury Merchants Association’s (HGMA) Parade Committee, helping to plan the very event that will honor her, although she had no role in the grand marshal selection.
The parade is a big draw for tourists and locals alike, drawing thousands to Pearl Street and the square. The event heralds the official arrival of the Christmas season in Granbury as well as the arrival of Santa.
After the parade, city crews will flip the switch on Christmas lights on and around the square and on the many holiday displays in nearby Shanley Park.
This year’s parade theme is “The Christmas Story in Song.”
Dickens said that Land-ham will ride in style in a red Dodge Challenger convertible provided by Eggen Family Classics and driven by founder Scott Eggen.
Landham moved to Gran-bury from Arlington almost 10 years ago after her marriage of 32 years ended.
“I got out of Arlington to start over,” she said.
And start over she did. Not only is Landham actively involved in volunteer organizations, she also regularly attends meetings of the Gran-bury City Council and the Hood County Commissioners Court.
Landham said that it was “just a natural thing” for her to move to Granbury because she had been coming here “forever,” shopping on the square and attending shows at Granbury Live.
“I love this town,” she said. “I’m so glad I moved to Gran-bury.”
Friday night’s events will start with musical activities at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., traveling down West Pearl Street to the square, where it will wind around to Bridge Street.
Although Landham said that being chosen parade marshal is “quite an honor,” she noted that it was not the first time she received distinguished recognition.
A few years ago, she was crowned during an annual General Granbury’s Birthday Celebration event.
“I was the Bean Queen,” she said. “Parade marshal sounds a lot better than the Bean Queen.”
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