Christmas at the Dells embraces ‘vintage’ themes
November 19. 2012 5:14PM
With Thanksgiving soon to be in the past, the Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce and local museum board, as well as other local clubs and organizations, are planning events for this year’s Christmas at the Dells celebration, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
New Chamber president Katie Luttmann said that much of the traditional schedule is the same, with a few added events to expand the lineup.
“We’re trying to kind of have a fresh start. We’re learning along the way,” she said, referring to the board’s nearly all-new leadership. “I think we’ve really tried to get a lot of fun things put in this year.”
One new feature to this year’s parade is a theme, “A Rockwell Christmas,” which the Chamber president hopes will give an “old school, vintage” vibe.
“We just thought it’d be fun and would go with Dell Rapids well – the old-town, old historic feel,” Luttmann said. The Chamber will also post a “Letters to Santa” mailbox on Main Street at the corner of Ladelle Avenue and Fourth Street.
And the Chamber event coincides with this year’s Dell Rapids Museum Christmas Festival, which Dells Rapids Society for Historic Preservation president Jean Rave said serves as the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser.
She said that the festival serves as an opportunity for adults and children alike to experience Dell Rapids’ history. “Our history is important,” Rave said. “We try to have things here for people to remember and learn about the past. It’s good for kids to look back and learn about it.”
The museum’s schedule for the weekend will include its annual Christmas Tea, at $5 per person, which will also include a bake sale, gift sale and piano recitals, on Dec. 1. And the parade will again end with Santa’s trip to the museum for photo opportunities.
The events will continue Sunday, Dec. 2, as the museum hosts a Christmas ornament decorating session, open to all ages of children, which will be put on by local Modern Woodmen of America (MWA) member Judy Lindberg. Proceeds from the $1 entrance fee will be matched by the home office of MWA for up to $500 to the museum. Participants will have the opportunity to earn “auction bucks” in the decorating contest.
And the weekend will close with the museum’s social time Sunday, including musical entertainment and hors d’oeuvre for $10 per ticket, followed by the annual auction at 7 p.m.
River Community Church will also host a “Royal Baby Shower,” including refreshments and live music from Laura Jean Pulscher, Dec. 1, from 1-3 p.m. The event will celebrate the birth of Jesus, and attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped gift donation for the Alpha Center.
“There should be plenty of things to do on Main Street,” Luttmann said. “The (Chamber) board is really energized. We’re just trying to get as many activities as possible to get people out on Main Street.”
Luttmann said the Chamber is open to adding more items to the tentative schedule, which can be viewed at the Chamber website and the group’s Facebook page.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Downtown businesses open late
Entertainment downtown, TBD
Christmas Tea (Museum), 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thanks a Latte Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Royal Baby Shower (RCC), 1-3 p.m.
Free Bowling at Dells Bowl, 3-6 p.m.
Sleigh Rides (Meet at Lewis Drug), 3-6 p.m.
Legion Soup Supper (Legion Hall), 4:30-7 p.m.
Jon Hansen Performance (Thanks a Latte), 6 p.m.
Parade of Lights (Main Street), 6:30 p.m.
Photos with Santa (Museum), following parade
Ornament Decorating (Museum), 1-4 p.m.
Drinks & Delectables (Museum), 5-7 p.m.
Christmas Auction (Museum), 7 p.m.