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Villages of Van Buren celebrating holiday

Nov 20, 2017
Courtesy of: VILLAGES OF VAN BUREN The Villages of Van Buren will be celebrating the holidays with events through Dec. 31.

Celebrate the season this week and throughout the month of December with a variety of special events happening in the Villages of Van Buren County. Enjoy the Festival of Trees, lighted parade, candy walk, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more, along with the new holiday tea party in Bentonsport, Christmas concert in Douds, night of holiday fun in Keosauqua and a Service of Light on Christmas Eve in Milton.

For a complete listing of activities visit www.villagesofvanburen.com or call 800-868-7822 or 319-293-7111 for a free brochure.

 

Thursday — Dec. 31

• Enchanted Forest Walk in Cantril. Self-guided tour of holiday lights and displays in Waubonsie Park from dusk to 10 p.m. each night. Golf carts available by request. The walk event is open weather permitting.

 

Saturday, Nov. 25

• Breakfast & Photos with Santa at Libertyville Savings Bank. The event includes a Christmas Bear drawing and other kids activities from 9 a.m. to noon in Keosauqua.

• Sip & Stroll in Bonaparte. Enjoy wine tasting, hot chocolate, mulled cider, appetizers, old-fashioned holiday cookies and candy from 1-4 p.m. in downtown Bonaparte.

 

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 1-3

• Festival of Trees. Dozens of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and tabletop trees, based on the theme “Christmas Attic,” will be on display at the Roberts Memorial Center on the Van Buren County Fairgrounds in Keosauqua. Sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Van Buren County, the trees can be purchased through a silent auction taking place throughout the weekend. There also will be several items for cash-and-carry.

Santa will be visiting 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. A variety of live music and refreshments will be served throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit Christmas for Kids.

Hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Festival of Trees live entertainment schedule is:

Friday, Dec. 1 --

6 p.m. — Barbara Nixon at the piano;

6:30 p.m. — Michael Philipsen, concert pianist;

7 p.m. — Heritage Baptist Church Choir;

7:30 p.m. — Caroling with Doris Strait at the piano;

Saturday, Dec. 2 --

9:30 a.m. — Stockport Community Children’s Choir and Bells;

10 a.m. — Van Buren Middle School Band and Choir;

11 a.m. — Van Buren Elementary School Music Department;

11:30 a.m. — Van Buren Children’s Choir and Bells;

Noon — S & K Dance Studio presents “Polar Express”;

1 p.m. — Van Buren High School Music Department;

1:45 p.m. — Beverly O’Brien;

2 p.m. — The Tarnished Brass Band;

3 p.m. — Jim Settles and Stan Knipfer;

4 p.m. — The piano students of Sonia Stookesberry;

5 p.m. — Sonia Stookesberry at the piano;

6 p.m. — Vicki Robertson and Shirley Lindell;

6:30 p.m. — Vern Gerig;

7 p.m. — Richelle Runyon;

Sunday, Dec. 3 --

1 p.m. — Tom Allen;

1:30 p.m. — Linda Mitcheltree at the piano;

2 p.m. — Paulette’s Dance Studio.

 

Friday Dec. 1

• Soup and Grilled Cheese Supper from 5-8 p.m. at the Cantril Fire Station. The menu includes chili, vegetable, potato and oyster soup, with bars or brownies. Free will donations will be collected.

 

Saturday Dec. 2

• NEW! Holiday Tea Party at 3 p.m. at the Stone House in the Bentonsport National Historic District. Sweet and savory finger foods served in a historic and festive setting. Reservations are $18 per person and can be made at www.villagesofvanburen.com or at the Van Buren County Welcome Center. Seating is limited.

• Breakfast on Main Street in Bonaparte. A full, hot breakfast is served from 7-9 a.m. at the Opera House. A soup luncheon follows from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both are for a free will donation.

• Mrs. Claus will be serving cookies to children from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Bonaparte Library in Bonaparte.

• Get a picture taken with Santa Claus at the Great Day Café from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Keosauqua.

• Bentonsport Country Christmas is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Merchants will dress in 1840s period clothing and have treats and activities in their shops. Santa and Jingles will be downtown from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3

• Virginia Memorial Christmas Bazaar & Candy Walk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Farmington Community Center. The event includes arts and craft vendors, lots of holiday goodies and candy sold by the pound, and a soup-and-sandwich lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Pioneer Home Driving Tour is a self-guided tour of “pioneer homes.” Visit the Pioneer Museum in Farmington and get a map and listing of historical homes. The tour is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. A prize drawing will be at 4 p.m. for those who visited over the weekend.

 

Sunday Dec. 3

• Christmas Music from the Community. Free food and fellowship beginning at 6 p.m. at Bethel Worship Center in Douds. Everyone is welcome to come and join in an evening of singing and special music.

 

Friday Dec. 8

• NEW! Night of Holiday Fun from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Hotel Manning in Keosauqua.

First Iowa State Bank will serve cookies, cider and hot chocolate in the historic Hotel Manning from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Students from VBCH Music Department will be leading carols and the Village Folk School will help children craft a unique ornament they can take home or give as a gift.

Saturday Dec. 9

• Stockport Soup Supper will be 5-7:30 p.m. at the Stockport American Legion Hall. There will be an auction, entertainment and Santa. A free will donation will be collected.

• Here Comes Santa Claus ... to Douds! A soup supper is planned at 5 p.m. at the Douds Community Center for a free will donation. Santa visits and horse-drawn wagon rides begin at 5:30 p.m. Candy for the kids and pictures with Santa are planned.

• Santa Visits Milton. A free will soup supper, craft and bake sale are set from 5-7 p.m. at the Milton Legion Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will arrive around 6:30 p.m. Proceeds go toward the restoration of the Heritage House.

 

Friday Dec. 15

• Cantril Home Lighting Contest is from 6-9 p.m. The winners will be announced at the soup supper on Dec. 16.

 

Saturday Dec. 16

• Cantril’s Lighted Christmas Parade & Soup Supper. The parade is at 6 p.m., followed by the free will soup supper, with Santa, at the Canril Fire Station.

• Santa Visits Birmingham. Santa will be at the Birmingham Fire Station to give each child a small gift to celebrate the holidays from 5-7 p.m.

 

Sunday, Dec. 17

• NEW! A Christmas Concert with Chuck Crane from Branson, Missouri, is set at Bethel Worship Center, south of Douds. Crane sings on the Presley’s Show and has sung with the Blackwood Brothers. Music begins at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

• Santa visit and soup supper is set from 5-7 p.m. at Bonaparte Opera House. A free will donation will be collected.

 

Sunday Dec. 24

• NEW! A Service of Light will be held from 11 p.m. to midnight at the Milton Christian Church.

 

Sunday Dec. 31

• New Year’s Eve Sing begins at 5:30 p.m. at Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua, with gospel music and family fellowship. Soups, drinks and table service are provided. Those attending should, if possible, bring a covered dish to share. Admission is free.

 

Information

For a complete list of scheduled events visit www.villagesofvanburen.com or call 319-293-7111 or 800-868-7822.

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