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Lanesboro Winter Escapades

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

As winter approaches and the holiday season gets underway, it is normal for people to get busy. Stress can be high this time of year, with the expenses and work of planning the holiday get-togethers. It is also a time that many people do not get out and enjoy themselves as often as they would in the summer.

The Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce is trying to remedy all of that with a celebration that will take place the first three weekends in December. The 2010 Winter Escapades promises to get people out of their homes and having fun while enjoying the holiday season.

Brian Luna from the Chamber of Commerce promises the events are good for people of all ages.

"You won't believe what is in store for the entire family, including Grandma, Aunt Betty, and even Fido the dog!" says Luna.

Local businesses, organizations, and Bed and Breakfasts are all getting in on the fun to encourage people to come to Lanesboro. Escapade Buttons can be purchased at Potiche Pottery and Gifts for five dollars starting on Friday, December 3. Discounts and promotions will be given throughout the celebration for owning this button. Bed and Breakfasts will be offering their weekend visitors half-price tickets to the Christmas Inn Tour on Sunday, December 5. Regular tickets will cost $20. Discounts will be given for the Commonweal Theatre Co. presentation of Little Women. Discounts on food and drinks will be given at local restaurants. Retail shops will also have special promotions for people wearing their Escapades button.

Luna said he came up with the idea last winter. After receiving support from the Chamber and the city council, he began planning. "I started getting all of the people involved," said Luna. "We have really all been working on getting things organized since August."

This is Luna's second year as a member of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce. He is involved it the Beautification and the Government boards of the Chamber. This will be the first year of the Lanesboro Escapades, but Luna said they are already booked to have it again next year.

There are so many things going on those three weekends that everyone should find something enjoyable to do. Children can see a free Christmas movie, Elf, at the Commonweal Theatre on December 4. They can also paint Christmas ornaments with Santa at Potiche Pottery and Gifts that same day. Breakfast with Santa, with breakfast made by the Lanesboro Lions, will take place on December 11 at the Community Center. A Buddy the Elf sled race will be that same morning at the High School Football Field.

"The Girl Scouts are also involved," shared Luna. "They will be serving hot chocolate and s'mores at the park on Saturday the eleventh."

There are also many things for the adults to do, including an Oreo cookies eating contest, holiday concert, a Naughty or Nice bean bag tournament, an ugly sweater contest, and a holiday dinner dance. A Torch Light Parade will go through the town on the afternoon of December 11.

Luna wasn't joking when he said the dog can be involved as well. On Saturday, December 11, there will be a Doggy Style Show, which will be free at the Sons of Norway Lodge.

The third weekend of the celebration promises for more fun, with a Christmas sing-along at the St. Mane theater on the 17th, and another free movie on the 18th of December.

One exciting part of the celebration that can be enjoyed by people of all ages is the Medallion Hunt. Lanesboro art teacher Krista Flaig, along with some of her art students, have created the medallion that will be hidden somewhere in Lanesboro the weekend of December 10-12.

"Krista was really excited," said Luna. "She and her students really wanted to be part of the community."

Luna explained that if a person finds the medallion, they will receive a $1,000 prize, as long as they have an Escapades button. If they do not have a button, they will only receive $250. A replica of the medallion can be seen at Potiche Pottery and Gifts. Clues for the location of the medallion will be given throughout the weekend at different locations. Many different businesses in town donated money to go toward this celebration.

The students of Lanesboro Schools will be involved in many aspects of the Winter Escapade. Elementary children will be making outdoor winter decorations for a Christmas tree that will be lit during the "Opening to the Holiday Season" in Sylvan Park December 3. The older children, in grades 7-12, will be involved in the Indoor Family Carnival on December 11. They will be doing Christmas Caroling, and will also be involved in the Torch Light Parade.

"It's really just bringing everyone together," said Luna. "We don't want people to hibernate, we want everyone to get out and enjoy this amazing family event!"

More information and a schedule of events can be found at the city's website at www.lanesboro.com/WinterEscapades.

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