HJ/EDHerald Journal, Nov. 28, 2005

Holiday events set for Winsted, Lester Prairie

Winsted’s 17th annual Winter Festival will kick off Friday, Dec. 2, with a Land of Lakes Choirboys concert, 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The choir has performed at several locations in Europe, and is now touring the United States.

The Winsted Library Commission will sponsor a silent auction Friday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

New or gently used items are being accepted, and local elementary schools will receive 30 percent of the proceeds, for use in their accelerated reading programs.

The Adult Training and Rehabilitation Center will provide a make-a-difference tree at the Legion.

The tree will be decorated with 100 ornaments, each labeled with a child’s name and Christmas wish.

Santa Claus will return to the area Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to greet area children at the Legion.

During the same period, the St. Paul Railroad Club model train exhibit will be on display in the city maintenance building. A model train set will be given away to a child age 12 or younger, and a Winter Festival button is required to participate.

Also Dec. 3, horse-drawn wagon rides will depart from the Legion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Winter Festival button is required to participate.

Winsted Royalty will serve lunch at the Legion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner will be available starting at 4:30 p.m.

Visiting royalty will be caroling at Linden Woods Apartments and St. Mary’s Care Center from 4 to 5 p.m.

Holy Trinity CCW will offer a bake sale from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Holy Trinity High School auditorium.

Evening activities will include a lighted parade through downtown Winsted, starting from the Blue Note at 6:30 p.m.

Immediately following the parade, the Mid-Minnesota Concert Band will perform in the Holy Trinity High School cafeteria.

Winter Festival Buttons are available for $2 at participating local businesses. Purchase of a button will qualify you for drawings for $100, $75, or $50 in Winsted Bucks. The McLeod County Food Shelf will receive $0.50 from each button sold.

Drawings will take place during the concert Saturday evening.

KDUZ radio will broadcast live from Winsted during the festival.

Earlier in the week, the Winsted Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Winsted outdoor lighting contest, Wednesday, Nov. 30.

To participate, turn on your lights and displays Wednesday evening.

Residents of St. Mary’s Care Center, along with members of the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce, will judge the entries. Prizes of $50 for first place, $30 for second place, and $20 for third place will be awarded.

Choirboys to perform

The internationally renowned Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota will bring their special style of music to Winsted Friday, Dec. 2.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will include 90 minutes of music performed by the Land of Lakes Choirboys’ touring group, the Viking Choir.

Proceeds will go toward a new addition for the church, including an elevator.

“We are trying to raise money so the elderly and the handicapped don’t have to go up and down the stairs,” Bonnie Quast of St. John’s Lutheran Church said.

The Land of Lakes Choirboys include boys ranging in age from five to 14.

The group started in Elk River in 1976 with 18 boys, and now includes 110 boys in six different choirs.

Concert tickets are $10 and can be purchased early or at the door, although limited seating is available.

Santa in Lester Prairie Dec. 2

Santa Claus is coming to Lester Prairie twice this year, but the first time around, he will arrive on a fire truck, not a sleigh, as he makes his annual appearance at the Lester Prairie City Hall Friday, Dec. 2.

After riding through town on the fire truck at 6 p.m., Santa will be available to hear Christmas wish lists, give holiday hugs, and pose for pictures in the city hall.

To tide them over until Santa can bring their presents, children will be also take home goodie bags from the Lester Prairie Lions Club.

Festivities begin even before Old Saint Nick drives into sight, with a barbecue dinner being served at 5:30 p.m. by the Lester Prairie Business Association.

Desserts will be on hand to satisfy everyone’s holiday sweet tooth, with proceeds benefiting the After Prom Committee.

Young and old can take their shot at prizes donated by local businesses by taking part in a raffle. Tickets are $1, and will be sold during the holiday celebration.

Children are also invited to take part in arts and crafts, organized by the PAC.

Local singing groups will provide Christmas cheer in the form of carols throughout the evening, which ends at 7:30 p.m.

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