Villages of Van Buren events set
Celebrate Christmas in the Villages with several special events throughout the month of December.
For more information about the events and a free brochure with a map, contact Villages of Van Buren at 800-868-7822, 319-293-7111 or visit www.villagesofvanburen.com
The Festival of Trees will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua.
This year’s theme is “Holiday Dazzle.” Christmas trees, wreaths, table-top trees, decorations and more will be displayed.
Live entertainment is planned throughout the weekend. Among the entertainment is The Golden String Orchestra, the violin and viola students of Liz Kwant in Fairfield, performing at 8:30 p.m. Friday. All proceeds benefit Christmas for Kids in Van Buren County.
The Keosauqua lighting contest will be Dec. 6. Residents and businesses are asked to submit their name and address if they wish to be judged. Contact the Keosauqua chamber office at 319-293-7767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a supper and gospel sing Dec. 31 at Roberts Memorial Center.
Supper is at 5:30 p.m. Participants should being a dish to share. Groups and local talent will perform 6-11 p.m.
Farmington will have a cookie and candy sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the EMS building.
Also, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Farmington Community Center, there will be a bake sale and several vendors with a variety of holiday gifts ideas. Lunch will be served both days beginning at 11 a.m., and a quilt raffle will be at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The First Baptist Church in Farmington will host a live, shepard-guided outdoor nativity play from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14-15, with Dec. 16 as a snow date. Activities and refreshments will be available in the church. Admission is free.
Bonaparte will host Christmas Connection Saturday. Breakfast on Main Street will be 7-9 a.m. at the Opera House for a free will offering. The Historical Society will host a cookie and candy sale. The United Church will have a soup luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free will offering.
Bonaparte’s Taste of History will be Dec. 7-8. The three-course candlelit dinner includes a guided tour of homes. Reservations are required by calling 319-592-3400.
Sunrise Bakery in Bonaparte, will serve a special home-cooked holiday supper from 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 28-29. A free will donation will be collected.
The Enchanted Forest Walk will be in Cantril through Dec. 31. A self-guided tour of the holiday lights and displays is along the walking trail in Waubonsie Park. The lights will be turned on from 5-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 5-8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.
A soup supper with Santa will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday in the Cantril Township.
The home lighting contest will be Dec. 15 in Cantril. Call 319-397-2333 for information.
A soup supper and Santa visits will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Birmingham Lions Building in Birmingham. The supper is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Santa will be there from 5:30-7 p.m. After supper, a glittered path leads to the library for kids crafts, cookies and story time.
Bentonsport will host Christmas in the Historic District Saturday and Sunday, with open shops, door prizes, refreshments and demonstrations.
Douds will host a soup supper from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the community center for a free will donation. Dec. 15, Santa’s Helpers will host a cookie and candy sale from 9 a.m. to noon in the community center. Pre-orders are welcomed, but not required; call 319-293-3066 before Dec. 4.
The Lunch Box Cafe will have free kids’ crafts and refreshments from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 22, and Santa will visit at 3 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at the Milton Depot for hot cocoa and treats at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.