A Trip To Whoville

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PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY THE MASON JAR

BY MEGAN MANN
FOR LIVE LEE MAGAZINE

The Mason Jar in Auburn, Alabama, has become a well-known restaurant in the community. Husband and wife, Danny and Christie North, are the owners of the establishment that has been up and running for six years. 

Four years ago, they began holding different events for the holiday season. They have these special days throughout the year to not only bring some fun and festivities to the community, but to give back as well. 

The big Christmas event is breakfast with Santa and the Grinch. All members of the community are invited to eat food, give back and join in on the holiday fun this year on Dec. 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. 

Everyone that attends is asked to bring an unopened gift that will be donated to a charity. In the past, the couple has raised money and donations for different groups including the Salvation Army and the Auburn Police Division.

If you are familiar with The Mason Jar, then you know about the big wagon that sits in the restaurant. As people come in with their gifts, they can watch as it fills up throughout the day.

“We decorate the whole restaurant to fit whatever theme we have chosen that year,” Danny said. “Our staff all dress up too.”  

Along with being able to meet Santa, children will also be able to take pictures with the Grinch and have their own creations made by a balloon artist. 

Planning events like this is something that comes naturally to Christie. 

“I used to work for the Walt Disney Company, so I’ve always been into event planning, it feels really good to be a part of something fun like this that is also a way to give back to the community,” she said. 

The event is open to the entire community and all the owners ask is that you make a reservation.

“By doing reservations, it allows us to make sure all of the kids will have an opportunity to be with Santa and have time to enjoy the activities,” Danny said. “We were amazed at how much we raised last year, and we hope to keep that up this year.”

To find out more information about The Mason Jar’s upcoming events, visit the website at themasonjarrestaurant.net or give them a call at 334-734-0270. 

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