The festive holiday spirit of Old-Fashioned Christmas will transform downtown Delano Saturday, Dec. 7. The Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture will host the fifth annual event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The information desk at city hall will be manned all day, distributing maps showing all activities and artist locations.
The Big Woods Garden Club will be at city hall to distribute paperwhite bulbs to the first 200 visitors.
To reach downtown Delano, travel Hwy. 12, exiting at the stoplight at Bridge Street. Drive east into downtown. City hall is on the corner of Bridge and 2nd Street. Parking is available on the streets, at city hall, and across from the post office on Railroad Avenue.
The highlight of the day will be the Art Walk, featuring almost 20 artists showing and selling their work. The artists will be inside downtown businesses, and visitors can browse and talk to them about their work. There will be fiber artists, potters, glass blowers, painters in oil, acrylic, and watercolor; and artists who work in wood and metal.
Sarah Plese uses traditional metalsmith techniques to create hand-hewn jewelry of sterling silver that can be accented with copper, stones, beads, and found objects. The pieces reflect her admiration of the world around us, and the textures, lines, and repetitions found in nature.
Fiber artist Donna Anderson works on wet felting, Nuno felting, and silk dying. She explained, “Silk and felting allow me to play with color, and I enjoy the hands-on experience.”
Margaret Metz will display her jewelry, plaster characters, and dream catchers.
Michelle Jerde designs and makes mittens, hats, scarves, and dog and cat toys from recycled wool and fleece. A percentage of her profits go to animal shelters and rescues to help animals in need.
Photographer Emily Tysdal, and potter Diane Schwieter will display their work. Tysdal’s work was shown at Three Crows Café & Coffee House in Delano in November.
Maps of the location of all artists and schedules for the events of the day can be picked up at the information desk at Delano City Hall.
Pick up a schedule, visit all the artists, and have your schedule stamped. Return this to the information desk at the end of your visit and you can enter a prize drawing for items of art from four participating artists.
Holiday music will entertain visitors both indoors and outdoors.
The choir from Delano United Methodist Church starts the day at 10 a.m., singing carols outdoors.
The program at the Delano Senior Center will be a sing-along for families at 10:30 a.m., featuring seasonal music and characters.
Sound Revolution, an a cappella group from Delano High School, will be offering holiday songs starting at noon. This group will be stopping throughout the downtown and breaking into song.
The Trinity Lutheran hand bell choir will perform in the Delano Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. The Holly Chix will be entertaining with the bell choir.
In the afternoon, instrumental ensembles from Delano High School will be playing in the Delano Community Education Center.
Victorian-era costumed characters will be out and about downtown, interacting with visitors throughout the day. Look for the town crier to alert you to their whereabouts.
Crafts, gifts, activities
In addition to art for sale, there are other shopping opportunities.
The Girl Scout Secret Santa Shop will offer pre-wrapped gifts for children to purchase for family and friends at nominal prices at St. Peter’s Catholic Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The gift shop at Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) will have gifts and holiday décor to purchase while waiting for the horse and carriage to return from downtown. Santa will be at Love INC as well, and available for pictures.
At the Delano Community Education Center, the Rivertown Boutique will offer products from crafters and home-based businesses.
Delano Lions will have Christmas trees available for purchase across from city hall.
Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., children can hunt for five holiday characters downtown. Pick up a card at the information desk, visit the characters, and have your card stamped. Return with the stamped card to the information desk for a treat.
This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, with money from the state’s general fund.