11/24/2017 4:27:00 PM Taylors Falls officially kicks off the holiday season with lighting festival
With Thanksgiving also comes the Christmas season and Taylors Falls cordially invites you and your family to the annual Lighting Festival. The festival runs three days - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday has an arts and crafts sale at the depot from 1-8 pm. There is a community hike from 1-2 pm that will meet at the community center (depot) and departs from there. The Folsom House is open for tours from 3-8 pm. At 5 pm, Mrs.Claus will read to children at the library.
Make sure you bundle up and bring your camera, because at 6pm the lighting of the village will take place followed by the super popular Santa parade. It is Taylors Falls’ version of the Hollidazzle but more personal.
Saturday you are invited back into town for a Wassail Party filled with great Swedish food at the community center. There is a medallion hunt that begins at 10 and clues will be posted every half hour. The clues will be on the info board on Bench Street and the lucky winner will take home some cold hard cash. The vespers concert is at the Methodist Church at 4:30 p.m. which is a free will donation. There is family Bingo at the community center beginning at 6:30 pm.
Sunday has more great stuff to take in such as a Green Fire Irish Dance performance at the community center at 1 pm. The weekend is complete with a concert by the St. Croix Valley Orchestra.
I know this is last-minute, but if you are going to be alone on Thanksgiving, please don't be. There is a free meal at the Chisago Lake Lutheran Church that is cooked with love by tons of community members who only want to assist their friends and neighbors on Thanksgiving. I have been working at the meal for years and belive me when I say there is nothing embarrassing or belittling about attending a free meal. It’s a meal made with love and nothing more - no judging, no funny looks just lots of love. Don't be alone on Thanksgiving - the meal starts at 12:30 with seating beginning at noon.
Congratulations to Hannah Stec and Savannah Gorski on making it to the state swim and dive meet at the University of Minnesota. They both did wonderfully, just missing the championship round in each of their events. Hannah has had a great swimming career and Savannah still has one more year of diving to make it back to state. Good job girls!
Our annual Gift Guide is out this week. It is filled with awesome deals and ideas from local businesses to make your holiday season a successful one. Remember to have your kids cut out and color our coloring contest and bring it to the Press. We will be awarding a prize in three age categories.