Strawberry Point, Iowa, November 13, 2013: The Strawberry Point Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce events and activities for “A Berry Merry Christmas” town-wide festival on Saturday, December 7, 2013. Participating businesses will have open houses. The Strawberry Point library will host a Festival of Trees, kid’s activities, crafts, and a visit from Santa Claus where children can get a gift. Local Vendor Show will be held in the Civic Center from 10:00am-3:00pm. The Strawberry Point Chamber of Commerce will have the all-popular Cookie Walk at the Civic Center starting at 10:00am until the cookies are gone! At 3:00pm in the Civic Center we will have a drawing for the Santa Bucks’. Must be present to win!
St. Joseph’s Peace & Justice Committee, St. Joseph’s Elkader, will be hosting a Fair Trade Fine Eating and Fashion Gala December 1,8 and 15 in the Parish Center after Sunday mass, at 11:00 a.m. Fair Trade chocolate, coffee, tea, jewelry, knitted accessories, organic t-shirts and dresses are available for purchase.
Fair Trade is a long term partnership between producers and traders based on mutual respect and transparency. Your purchase enables impoverished people to put food on their tables and to send their children to school and has the potential to alleviate poverty at the household level. By changing the unfair structure of world trade, buying fairly traded items creates a more democratic system for all involved.
The Postville Ecumenical Holy Walk invites everyone to
Come take a Journey of Love, Back to Bethlehem, To the very first Christmas…..
Call (563) 864-6001 or; (563) 864-7699
for more information
Remember this is an outdoor event, dress accordingly
Parking is at St. Paul Lutheran Church Hall and bus shuttle service is available. There are refreshments at the Church Hall. Refreshments are provided by area churches and groups.
Holy Walk T-Shirts (longsleeve) Available at the Church Hall the night of the walk or get them ahead by calling Susan @ 563-864-6001
Elkader Retail Open House
Sat., Nov. 30, Noon to 4 p.m.
Free carriage rides by Clip Clop Carriage Rides starting at 1 p.m. weather permitting
Bring the kids to visit Santa Claus at the New Santa House at Keystone Park.
Dining and shopping specials. Live music. Register to win Chamber Dollars.
Opera House Players present “Christmas Classic On the Air”
at the Elkader Opera House
Fri., Nov. 29 & Sat., Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.
Purchase tickets at Moser Family Pharmacy or call 563-873-2378
Lorie Line & Her Fab Five present “Born In Bethlehem —The 2013 Holiday Tour”
At the Elkader Opera House Mon., Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Purchase tickets at Moser Family Pharmacy
Sat., Dec. 7: Friends of the Elkader Public Library’s 6th Annual Chocolate Fest at Elkader Jailhouse Inn, 601 East Bridge St., from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission at the door.
Sat., Dec. 14: Christmas Story Hour and Santa’s Wee Shop at the Elkader Public Library on Saturday 10 a.m. Bring the kids to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and stay for crafts and gift shopping.
Sat., Dec. 14: Kelly’s Christmas Miracles Concerts at the Elkader Opera House 2 & 7 p.m. 3 amazing musicians. 2 piano prodigies. 1 Kelly Lord! Free family event.
All Holiday Season:
Shopping! Dining! Entertainment! Register to Win Chamber Dollars!
Elkader Chamber Dollars make great gifts! Stop in at the Chamber office in the Elkader City Hall to purchase.
Visit www.elkader-iowa.com for a complete calendar of events!
Johnson’s Restaurant, ElkaderThanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet 10:00 am – 3 pm. Buffet include turkey, ham, roast beef, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes, corn, salad bar and our famous homemade pie. Please call for reservations for large parties. Open Thanksgiving Day at 6:30 am.
Fast Trak, Elkader Tired of the usual turkey and dressing? Try something new this year and stop into Fast Trak and treat your family to delicious Edgewood Locker meats and remember to pick up the wine and cheese for the adults! Try our soup and salad bar. Take a break from the family and enjoy Wi-Fi with a cup of coffee and pie! As usual, Fast Trak is open 4 am – Midnight everyday 365 days a year.
Drew’s Sports Bar & Grille, Elkader Warm up with us on Saturday, November 30 for a Beach party with the purrrfect sounds of Alley Cat. The fun begins at 9 pm. Don’t forget to wear your favorite beach apparel! Shoes (or sandals) are required though.
Anchor Inn, Garber Come on down Friday, November 29th at 8:30pm to listen and dance to an all new DJ at the Anchor Inn!!
Lakeside Ballroom & Sports Bar, Guttenberg Plan to attend the show at Lakeside during your Thanksgiving weekend! Appearing at Lakeside musicians and comedians Beau Timmerman and Jim Scheffert. It starts at 8:30pm until 12:30am on Friday, November 29th.
Franklin Hotel Pub and Restaurant, Strawberry Point – Be a turkey and sing a song, karaoke all night long at the Pub, Wednesday, November 27 starting at 8 pm. Drink specials and our famous Red Solo cup night will be going on as well!
Free Thanksgiving Meal – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Elkader will hold its annual free Thanksgiving Dinner, beginning at noon on Thanksgiving Day. If you are interested in attending call the Dinner Chairpersons, Jim and Virgie Downey at 563.964.2219. Takeouts are available and walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers will also be delivering carry-out dinners. Please call the same number to reserve a delivered meal.
Stay tuned as this will grow!
The Edgewood Chamber of Commerce invites all businesses, individuals and organizations to celebrate the Holiday Season in Edgewood on Saturday, December 7th. An emphasis has been placed on making that day special for the children in our community.
Aunt Necee’s Pizza and More will have Kids’ Shopping from 9AM till Noon. Items from businesses will be on sale for children to select for their loved ones in their lives. All items are under $15 and Santa’s helpers will be there to assist the children. Free gift wrapping too! If you would like to bring items to sell mark them clearly and contact Denise.
The Ed-Co Girl Scouts will be hosting a hosting an activity, details to follow.
Cookie decorating will happen at the Cottage Cafe that morning.
The McGregor Historical Museum, the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts & the McGregor Clan Lions Club will be hosting their Annual Holiday Festival of Trees December 6 & 7, 2013 at McGregor’s Landing (111 First St | McGregor, IA). “What a wonderful way to enjoy the spirit of the Holiday’s! It will be a fun-packed, festive weekend to be in McGregor & Marquette!” says Carolyn Gallagher, Executive Director of the McGregor~Marquette Chamber of Commerce.
The public will be invited to view the trees during the Festival on both days and to cast their vote for their favorites. There will be an auction for those trees that Sponsor’s would like to contribute. Remaining trees will be donated to area causes. This year there will also be a Gingerbread House contest. The public will be invited to view the houses during the Festival & cast their vote for their favorites.
The 2-day event will include an array of activities including: Arts & Crafts Sale, Dessert competition, Bake Sale, Beer & Wine Tasting w/appetizers, Holiday Cheer Contest, Carolers & Live Music. There will also be a soup lunch available for purchase provided by Maggie’s Diner. Participating businesses in both McGregor & Marquette are going to be extending their normal business hours until 7pm or 8pm on both nights of this event.
For more information on sponsoring a tree in this year’s Festival of Trees, please contact Lynette Sander @ 563.873.3795. To find out more about becoming a vendor in the Arts & Crafts, please contact Ruth Ann Kneer @ 563.873.2636. If you would like more information on the Holiday Cheer Contest, please contact Rogeta Halvorson @ 563.873.1202.
All proceeds from the Festival of Trees will benefit the McGregor Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 and the Mar-Mac Rescue Squad.
Here are the Sunday Shopping Hours, during this holiday season, for many of the shops and restaurants in Elkader:
Turkey River Mall 11:00-5:00
Elkader Cinema 11:00-8:30
General Store and More 11:00-3:00
Bridge Street Boutique & Gift 12:00-4:30
Fennellys’ Irish Pub 11:00-7:00
Once Was 11:00-4:00
Copper Frog 12:00-5:00
Schera’s Algerian-American Restaurant 10:00-2:00
Elkader Floral Shop 12:30-4:00
Deb’s Brewtopia by appointment
Alpine Communications closed
The Backstitch closed
Elkader Carpet and Design closed
6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fast Trak 4 a.m – midnight
The Franklin Hotel Karaoke Contest next qualifying round is tomorrow night Saturday, November 23rd in the Pub at 9p.m. This is your big chance to qualify to win $500!
During each qualifying round, two contestants are selected to advance to the championship round when $500 will be awarded as the grand prize.
Follow the Food n Fun calendar for qualifying round dates and times throughout the season.
Qualifying Rounds are set for: Nov 23rd, Dec 14th, Jan 18th & Feb 15th
The championship round will occur on Mar 15th, 2014!
Not a Performer???The Franklin’s Contest has developed a great reputation so plan to enjoy a night of high caliber performances. The qualifying rounds are a blast to watch and you can enjoy the show in the pub’s comfy fun surroundings.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Elkader will hold its annual free Thanksgiving Dinner, beginning at noon on Thanksgiving Day. If you are interested in attending call the Dinner Chairpersons, Jim and Virgie Downey at 563.964.2219. Takeouts are available and walk-ins are welcome. Volunteers will also be delivering carry-out dinners. Please call the same number to reserve a delivered meal.
Silkin Expressions Christmas Open House
Thursday, Nov 21st 4 p.m – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov 22nd 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
Saturday Nov 23rd 9:30 a.m. – 1 pm
Storewide savings and a very unique selection. Including awesome fair trade skin care products from Morroco, stocking stuffers, women’s clothing and beautiful silk floral arrangements. You have to visit this unique store to believe it!
Visit SilkinExpressions.com to preview this exciting open house.