Nov. 27, 2006

Winsted and LP celebrate season with festival and events

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

There is no better place to be than Winsted this coming week, to celebrate its 18th annual Winter Festival, sponsored by the Winsted Area Chamber of Commerce.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, have many events, but the holiday outdoor lighting contest Wednesday, Nov. 29, will kick off the festival’s list of fun activities.

To participate, turn on the lights to your holiday display Wednesday evening. First place wins $50, second place $30, and third place $20. All prizes will be awarded in Winsted Bucks.

The Winsted Library’s silent auction will take place Friday and Saturday, sponsored by the Winsted Library Commission. Thirty percent of its proceeds will go to Holy Trinity, Winsted Elementary, and the Lester Prairie schools to benefit their libraries and the accelerated reading program.

The silent auction will take place at the library beginning Friday at 2 p.m., and bidding will continue until 5 p.m. On Saturday, the auction will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 6:30 p.m.

For an exceptional evening’s entertainment, come to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Winsted, Friday, for a 5:30 p.m. dinner followed by a concert given by the award-winning City of Lakes Chorus. St. John’s evening begins with a social hour at 5 p.m., and the City of Lakes concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Winsted royalty will serve lunch at the Legion Club from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., barbecues or hot dogs.

While lunch is being served, the most popular guy of the season will be at the Legion “making his list and checking it twice.” It’s a perfect opportunity for the children to tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas.

Take the time to check out the “Make-A Difference Tree” placed in the Legion by the Adult Training and Habilitation Center. The tree will be decorated with Christmas ornaments labeled with a child’s name and their Christmas wish.

Also Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., there will be horse-drawn wagon rides given through downtown Winsted, and the St. Paul Railroad Club will display model trains in the city maintenance building (across from Holy Trinity High School). Both will require a Winter Festival button to participate and will be available to all until 3 p.m.

A model train set will be given away to a child 12 or under.

Plan to have your dinner Saturday at the Winsted Legion Club where they are offering a prime rib, jumbo breaded shrimp, BBQ ribs, and combo dinners, to be served from 4:30 p.m. until gone.

Visiting royalty will be caroling at St. Mary’s Assisted Living/Linden Wood Apartments from 4 to 5 p.m.

For those that want to have something good to eat when they get home after the day’s activities, a bake sale and holiday social at Holy Trinity School cafeteria is being offered by Holy Trinity’s Council of Catholic Women from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Make sure to schedule your evening around the lighted Christmas parade, Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., with royalty from the surrounding area and Grand Marshals Ken and Evonne Kremer.

Immediately following the parade, the Maple Lake Jazz Band will be performing in Holy Trinity School cafeteria. Dessert and coffee will be available to purchase from the HTCCW bake sale.

Drawings will take place for Winsted Winter Festival button winners during the Maple Lake concert in the Holy Trinity School cafeteria. Parade Grand Marshals Ken and Evonne Kremer will conduct the drawings.

KDUZ Radio Station will broadcast the day’s happenings live from Winsted.

New place and day for LP holiday celebration

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

The growing popularity of the annual Lester Prairie community Christmas celebration led organizers to move the event from city hall to the Lester Prairie School this year.

The day has also changed, moving from the traditional Friday night to Sunday, Dec. 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Lester Prairie Business Association, will feature singing, food, arts and crafts, a raffle, and, of course, a visit from Santa.

The jolly old elf will arrive by fire truck at 5 p.m., and will be available to listen to Christmas wishes and pose for photos with the kids. Photos will be available for purchase during the celebration.

The Lester Prairie Lions Club has donated goodie bags for all the kids.

There will be a raffle for poinsettias and prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets are $1 each, and will be available the night of the event.

There will be arts and crafts sponsored by the Prairie Arts Council.

Dinner will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include a choice of beef or ham sandwiches, chips, pickles, and beverages.

Lester Prairie royalty will be on hand to greet visitors.

There will be a bake sale featuring something for everyone, with proceeds going to the After Prom Committee.

Local church and school singing groups will help to make spirits bright by performing holiday favorites throughout the evening.

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