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First-ever old-fashioned Christmas in downtown Delano this Saturday
November 30, 2009

Event promises something for everyone

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

DELANO, MN – Family activities for all ages are planned throughout downtown Delano at the first-ever old-fashioned Christmas Saturday, Dec. 5.

Planned by the Delano Arts and Culture Council, the day will highlight artists showing and selling their art, old fashioned decorations at the Heritage Center, stories, music, wagon rides, and even a tea party.

The schedule of the day’s events and a map locating the artists will be available at the Delano City Hall Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The first 200 adults stopping at the Delano City Hall can pick up paperwhite bulbs, compliments of the Big Woods Garden Club.

And also at city hall, treat bags will be given to the first 200 children under the age of 10.

The fun begins at 9 a.m. with the Girl Scouts Secret Santa Shoppe from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church basement.

Pre-wrapped gifts in a price range from $1 to $5 will be available for young shoppers. Gifts for all ages including grandparents, parents, siblings, teachers and special friends will allow one-stop Christmas shopping.

Girl Scouts will be on hand to help children make their choices within their budget. Delano-Loretto Troop 10898 will also sponsor a bake/craft Sale

The always-popular Rivertown Boutique will be taking place at the Delano Community Education Gym Saturday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Gather your friends to support new and returning crafters, artists and representatives from your community,” Boutique organizers said.

Between 1 and 3 p.m., six Santas located throughout the downtown are hoping that children will hunt for them all.

At 7 p.m. there will be a performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at St. Peter’s Church (see related story).

The old-fashioned Christmas in downtown Delano is made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board through funding provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.

Other support was provided by Delano downtown business and other Delano organizations.

Artists on display

The highlight of the day is the art walk spotlighting local artists who will exhibit and sell their work, according to Arts and Culture Council Member Gail Scholl.

The map locating the artists will be available at the Delano City Hall Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unique handcrafted gifts including jewelry, fabric art, watercolors and wood carving will be available.

Several artists exhibiting their work are Margaret Metz, Linda Johaneson, Jeanne Stortz, Sarah Plese, Joe Mueller, and Ginger Hansen Shafer, according to Scholl.

Metz designs jewelry and has recently studied in France, working in water colors in and around Monet’s Giverney.

Johaneson is a fabric artist using wool, silk, organza, yarn and found objects to create scenes. A former art teacher and graphic and fabric designer, Johaneson has exhibited in Wayzata and in Montana.

Stortz is a mixed media artist who has taught at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. She hosts other artists at her studio in Montrose.

Plese is a Delano jewelry artist and gemologist who designs, manufactures and repairs jewelry. Her hand-created pieces combine sterling silver, semi-precious beads, and other metals.

Mueller creates utilitarian artifacts from wood that reflect the natural world. All of his work is carved from fallen trees or re-imagined broken pieces and includes wood boxes, spoons, forks and utensils.

A New York artist, Ginger Hansen Shafer, said the greatest art teacher is nature. She currently is concentrating on plein-air oil painting.

Her works at this exhibit will offer views of Riverbend Farm in Delano, where she spent the past summer and fall painting and learning about organic farming.

Other artists who will be displaying include Gino Hollander, Zoran Mojsilov, Randy Szarazynski, Kevin Showell, Mark Reschke, Shari Zimmermann, Stephanie Etzel, Cathy Rose, Mary Ann Johnson, Jennifer Ionta, Lisa Lutz, Larry Hunter, Jean Kopp, Jan Johnson, Joey Cramer, and Steve Stortz.

Children able to hunt for Santa Claus

Between 1 and 3 p.m., six Santas located throughout the downtown are hoping that children will hunt for them all.

The “Santa Hunt” passports are available at Delano City Hall at the information booth and can be picked up with the schedule and map for the day.

The information booth will be staffed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Children who find all six Santas and get their passport stamped by each Santa can turn in their names for a prize drawing.

The passport must be turned in at city hall between 3 and 4 p.m. The hunt will be for a Sports Santa, a Western Santa, Elvis Santa and a Blues Santa. Father Christmas and Santa Claus will be downtown as well.

Library, senior center to host events

Holiday story time for children is scheduled at the Delano Public Library at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Stories will be read by the Friends of the Library. Middle and high school students are displaying their art at the library and this exhibit will continue until late December.

The programs at the Delano Senior Center at noon and 2 p.m. will feature stories written and told by the senior writers group as well as holiday music and a sing-a-long.

As part of the noon performance, costumed members of the Senior Story Theater will offer “The Night Before Christmas.”

The senior writers group will tell their memories of their old-fashioned Christmases.

At the 2 p.m. program, Ted May will be reading “A Cup of Christmas Tea.” To end the programs there will be a sing-a-long of more holiday tunes.

More music will be provided by carolers from local churches and instrumentalists from Delano High School.

The carolers will be outdoors near the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce’s recently-lit Christmas tree at River’s Edge Park.

Delano United Methodist Church Choir, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ group, Light of Christ Senior Choir and Lyndale Lutheran Choir will be caroling during the event.

The high school instrumental groups will be playing thirty minute concerts indoors at 127 South Third Street.

All downtown restaurants will be open and will have warming beverages for the family, as well as lunch and dinner selections.

Wagon rides available

Apple Jack’s tractor-pulled wagon will make the rounds of downtown between 1 and 3 p.m.

Rides start at city hall and riders can get on and off at scheduled stops while they hunt for Santa.

ECFE ‘Teddy Bear Tea’ storytime begins at 3

After nap time, the youngest children can listen to stories at the ECFE Teddy Bear Tea. Along with the stories, a treat and beverage will be served in the Community Education Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Opportunities also made for gift giving

The Stahlke Bus collecting for Love INC and the Delano Helping Hands Food Shelf will be parked at city hall.

They are accepting new gifts for children of all ages (see this week’s Happenings column on the front page).

Also at city hall, families can make or sign holiday cards for local or other deployed or wounded soldiers and Marines.

Cards and paper and markers are provided and donations will be accepted for postage. The Delano Troop Group is sponsoring this activity and will send the cards to designated personnel.

More information available Saturday at Delano City Hall

Start your day with a visit to the information booth, located at the Delano City Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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