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Christmas on Historic Broadway 2013

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
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Key Club members Kaelyn Lee, age 15, Ericka Kolden, age 15, and Kaylee Stearns, age 15, volunteer during Supper with Santa during Christmas on Historic Broadway held December 14, 2013 in Spring Valley, Minn. Photo by Barb Jeffers

For the eighth consecutive year the lights on Broadway in Spring Valley, Minn. were a little brighter than usual during Christmas on Historic Broadway, which took place on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

The annual event brings residents and visitors out in the chilly Minnesota weather to celebrate Christmas with activities and festivities throughout the day and into the early evening.

Beginning the day early at 8:30 a.m. was the Seventh Annual ALS Benefit Bake Sale at the community center, which is sponsored by Sam and Gloria Blakeslee each year. The Blakeslee’s hold the bake sale each year in memory of their son, Wes, who passed away from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. There were tables full of baked delights such as rosettes, bars, cookies, and a vast selection of other sweet morsels.

Author Mark Reps was at the Spring Valley Library signing books for lovers of reading followed by a group discussion where attendees could ask questions. Mark Reps has written books such as “An Angel’s Demon” and “Adios Angel” among others.

Distinctive and colorful purses and blankets of all types could be found at the Purse & Blanket Sale at the community center beginning at noon. Many shoppers found just the right purse or blanket they were looking for with the money going toward the Kingsland After Prom Party fund.

The Spring Valley Historical Society held a Christmas Tea at the Washburn Zittleman House Museum, which is an additional way residents and visitors could celebrate the season while enjoying conversation with friends, neighbors, and perhaps with new friends who have just met.

Brave Community Theatre held two performances of the play ‘A Recycled Christmas’ during the day on Saturday. The imaginative performances, held at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., drew a crowd and the artists did a wonderful job entertaining the audiences. The free performances were a gift to all persons attending.

Valley Christian Center held its interactive program called “A Minnesota Family Christmas” on Saturday evening that many people attended and were thoroughly entertained by. The evening included a variety show, food, crafts, family photographs, a quilt raffle, and more for individuals and families to enjoy together.

Glorious music was heard at the community center beginning at 4 p.m. by the Root River Revelers. Many people could be seen tapping their toes and singing along to their favorite Christmas carols while some children chose to dance to the music. The wonderful sounds of the holidays spread throughout the community center putting everyone in the Christmas spirit.

The sights, sounds, and smells of campfires burning on the street corners in front of City Hall and the community center also made the warm feelings of Christmas surface as well. Warming hands by the fire was popular with many people as they stopped in between activities to take advantage of the orange fire and red logs burning and the scent wafting through the downtown area.

Spring Valley businesses were open for people to do holiday shopping including an open house at The Salsa Guy. Many businesses were lit up with bright holiday lights and decorations with some offering specials for the day. Vintage Point Artifacts had hot chocolate and s’mores for sale before and during the parade, which was sure to be the perfect food and drink to warm up during the Christmas celebration.

Supper with Santa Claus was a big hit with the little ones coming to see Santa and ask him for what they wanted and hoping they are on his “nice” list this year. Ricky Goddard, age 4, was happy to sit on Santa’s lap and ask for an angry birds shirt while his brother Marshall, age 1, was not so happy and immediately wanted back in his daddy’s arms. Ricky and Marshall are the sons of Eric and Teresa Goddard of Rochester, Minn., formerly of Spring Valley.

Santa Claus, who sometimes goes by the name Dennis Timmerman, interacted well with the children while one of his elves, who may be known to some as Ellie Archer, age 10, handed out candy canes to the kids after they visited with Santa.

Many volunteers worked for hours to serve a delicious meal to a lot of hungry people. The menu for Supper with Santa included chili along with other warm selections. Volunteers from the First State Bank who helped prepare and serve the food included Juanita Gilbert, Jan Hammon, Renae Lange, and Dawn Merkel among others.

Kitchen helpers included Ann Keim, Julie Mlinar, Kathy Merkel, and Linda Bennett and others who belong to the Spring Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. Some of the Key Club members who volunteered their time were Kaelyn Lee, age 15, Ericka Kolden, age 15, and Kaylee Stearns, age 15, who served beverages. Supper with Santa was sponsored by the Spring Valley Chamber and Brave Community Theatre.

The Light Parade began at 6 p.m. coming down Historic Broadway with the Spring Valley Legion leading with the American flag and continued with bright holiday lights as one entry after another showed their holiday spirit.

The Kingsland High School Knightline played to the delight of the crowd gathered along the parade route some on street corners and others in vehicles. Many Spring Valley businesses had units in the Light Parade including a team of horses sponsored by Rack’s Bar and Grill and some businesses sponsoring Santa Claus on different vehicles. The Spring Valley Ambulance and Fire Department provided excitement for kids with their lights and sirens going as was the police car at the end of the parade.

Christmas on Historic Broadway was a day full of everything Christmas from the Bake Sale with Christmas treats in the morning to the Light Parade in the evening giving everyone in the city of Spring Valley many reasons to be merry.

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