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Tidings of comfort and joy abound in Delano Saturday
Nov. 29, 2010
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Art walk one of many highlights of day’s events

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

DELANO, MINN – Art, music, shopping, food, and fun are all on the schedule for Saturday, Dec. 4 in downtown Delano from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Come for the day or for one or more of the activities,” said Gail Scholl of the Delano Area Council for Art and Culture, the organization planning the event. “Artists are showing off and selling their work indoors in stores and offices downtown. Enjoy the unique creations or buy a gift for someone or yourself.”

Start the day at Delano City Hall to get your passport for the day’s events. Art walk visitors can pick up a passport and map to find all the artists at the information desk at Delano City Hall.

Those completing the art walk and having their passports stamped at each artist’s location can return to city hall and drop off their name to be eligible for a prize drawing. All stamped passports must be returned by 3 p.m. to city hall.

Three prizes of artwork by participating artists will be awarded, and the winners do not have to be present at the drawing. The prizes will be on display at the information desk all day.

“There will be music in the air indoors and outdoors all day,” Scholl added.

Four of the local and area artists participating are Larry Hunter, Sarah Plese, Margaret Metz, and Joe Mueller.

• Larry Hunter specializes in contemporary and folk art, and his work is very colorful and fun. He works out of The Art Pig studio in Cokato, and recently, a series of five of his paintings sold at the Contemporary Art Center in Rochester, NY.

• Sarah Plese is a jewelry artist who has a home studio in Delano. While attending the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Sarah discovered her passion for jewelry. Her pieces are frequently inspired by forms she observes in nature. Her creations can be found at Room to Breathe in Delano.

• Joe Mueller works primarily in wood and focuses on creating utilitarian artifacts that reflect a moment of meditation in the natural world. He makes spoons and forks, and small and large wooden boxes, which are beautifully detailed. All of his pieces use different species of fallen trees, or broken pieces which he has re-imagined.

• Margaret Metz was born into an artistic family. The seventh of 11 children, Metz tells of a favorite family pastime, drawing at the large dining table in competition with her siblings. Although she has painted using a number of mediums, her favorite art is designing jewelry. She uses sterling silver, semi-precious beads, and other items to create her beautiful jewelry.

“I’m trying to make more affordable items,” Metz said. “I want people to come and have a really good time and get something that excites them, and isn’t going to break the bank.”

Metz participated in the event last year, and said, “The thing that struck me last year was that it was cold, but everybody was having so much fun. It was just a really, really fun time last year.”

Additional entertainment and activities

Local church choirs and high school choristers will be singing in the park across from the Heritage Center or in River’s Edge park, next to the Christmas tree.

Choirs from local churches will sing outdoors around fire pits starting at 9:30 a.m. These groups include Light of Christ Senior Choir, St. Paul United Church choir, a group from Delano United Methodist, and at 2:30 p.m., a children’s choir from Village Evangelical Free Church.

Warm up at the fire pits and listen to holiday songs. Senior singers will be inside the Delano Senior Center, and high school musicians will entertain at the gallery on Third Street.

The Senior Choir will offer a musical program, “A Tribute to Santa,” at the Senior Center at 11 a.m.

See the full schedule in today’s paper or pick up a schedule at the information desk in city hall.

The seniors’ bake sale will have holiday goodies to take home. The Girl Scouts also will be having a bake sale during their Secret Santa Shoppe hours, and the Rivertown Boutique will also be taking place.

Downtown restaurants are stocking up on warming beverages and food, and you may get a taste of lefse at the demonstration table in the Heritage Center.

The Heritage Center will also have demonstrations by fabric artists during the hours of the event.

Between 1 and 3 p.m., four Santas will be located throughout the downtown and they are hoping that children will find them all.

The Santa Hunt passports will be available at the information desk at City Hall. Those who find all the live Santas and get their passport stamped by each one can turn their names in for a prize drawing.

Passports must be turned in to city hall by 3 p.m. Father Christmas and Santa Claus will be downtown, as well as a Blues Santa and an Elvis Santa.

Check the back parking lot at city hall to see if there is a seat on Apple Jack’s tractor drawn wagon.

The wagon will make a circuit of downtown between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Board at Delano City Hall or get on or off at one of the scheduled stops to visit an artist or hunt for Santa.

Many community groups will take part in this holiday event, from students to seniors, filling the air with music throughout the day.

• An a cappella group from the high school choir will sing winter songs and carols between noon and 1 p.m. These juniors and seniors are under the direction of Andrew Beard, in his first year as choir director. The name of this group is Sound Revolution, and it practices once a week before school hours.

Small ensembles of mixed instruments from the high school band will perform indoors during the afternoon.

Band director Jason Koets said these groups also performed at a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble at Ridgedale Nov. 27.

Other notes

• At 1 p.m., “Pages of Music with Rolf and Carrie” will entertain children at the library.

• Art pieces from students at the middle and high schools will be exhibited at the library, and will be on display into early December.

• Story windows will have actors depicting scenes from “A Christmas Carol.”

• The Youth as Resources (YAR) students will be volunteering their time at this event. The mission of this group is to foster relationships with area businesses and organizations. The students design and carry out service projects. The program helps youth develop skills to promote community change.

• Another community organization, the Big Woods Garden Club, will be distributing lily bulb gifts near the information desk at city hall.

• Younger attendees will have “tea” and stories at the ECFE Teddy Bear Tea from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

• Families can support Toys for Tots by helping fill the school bus parked outside city hall that day.

This activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through a grant from the CMAB as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.

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