For the first time since 1999, the Albia square store windows will not be filled with living cards for the Victorian Stroll. The Victorian Stroll, due to orders by Gov. Kim Reynolds, has been called off. However, many of the activities that do fit within the governor’s guidelines will go on between Thursday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 5.
The three biggest losses on Saturday will be Breakfast With Santa, sponsored each year by the Monroe County Hospital Auxiliary and held at the Trinity Family Life Center.
The living Christmas cards will not be done and the very popular Hospitality Centers (both banks and the courthouse) along with the huge cookie baking effort are also called off.
But things are still happening, most notably music on the square and the Festival of Trees.
The Remembrance tree will be in the front window of the Chamber. People can purchase a burgundy or silver ribbon for $2.50 to honor a loved one. Anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable going to the chamber can mail Laura Teno at 18 S. Main and enclose the $2.50 with the name of the loved one.
On Thursday, Dec. 3 the Victorian Stroll Committee is sponsoring a meal donated by Hy-Vee. The menu is ham balls, cheesy potatoes, green beans, roll, slice of pie (cherry, pumpkin or apple). The cost is $10 and is delivered curbside at the chamber office front door or back door in the alley beginning at 4:30 p.m. You will need to call ahead and order and it will be prepared for you. The Chamber number is 641-932-5108.
On Saturday, Dec 5 the Chamber office is open 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. for the Festival of Trees which feature 14 beautifully decorated trees and Silent Auction items. A few of the trees are available for you to bid on and take home for the holiday so your work is already done. United Country/Hawkeye Real Estate is sponsoring the Gingerbread House Contest at the Chamber office. There will be music throughout the day featuring students of Morgan Henderson and Alexis Reyman.
Those featured include:
11-11:30 a.m. Laudia Carter
1-2 p.m. Lovel Reed; Aubrey Reed; Jeremiah Reed; Frankie Tharp
2 -2:30 p.m. Deklan Ryan
2:30-3 p.m. Macey McAninch
3-4 p.m. Alexis Rominger; Jillian Rominger
4-4:15 p.m. Mariah Crossley; Chet Crossley
6 -6:15 p.m. Ben Pumphrey
6:15-7 p.m. Cain Campbell-a high school student volunteering his time and talent on various musical instruments.
People can vote for their favorite tree at the Festival of Trees in the chamber office. People must enter in the front door and exit the back door.
List of Silent Auction Items:
Albia Christmas Garden Pole, Kenley Pettit
Barbed Wire Cross, Designs by Deb Zaputil
“Victoria” Full Size Quilt, Cleone Cap
Welcome Door Sign, Macey Romanco
Original Painting, Jami Boldy
Certificate for Car Detail, H-Cleaning
Kentucky Derby Basket, Eric and Mary Pat (Sinclair) Beatty and Jim & Charlie’s.
Christmas Porch Pot, Vanden Berg Greenhouse
Lighted Christmas Canvas, Anonymous
Christmas Wreath, Kim Wynn
Holiday Soap Basket, Down Home Creations
Handmade Transfer “Amazing Grace,” Down Home Creations
Handmade Wooden Tray with Festive Items, Catherine Burkman/Deb Morgan Lennie
Quilted Items, Crazy Quilters
Plate Homemade candy, Annie Tharp
Plate of Christmas cupcakes, Jana Ammons (Classy Sassy Cupcakes)
Beginning at 5 p.m. Rudolph’s nose will be lit by the child whose name is drawn from the coloring page submitted at the Chamber or dropped in the Santa Mailbox. Santa is in his house from 5-7 p.m.
Lawrence Kraber and family will be providing Carriage Rides around our beautifully adorned historic square from 5-7. $1 per person
Sugar Creek Cloggers of Des Moines area will be performing on the street at the SW corner of the square from 5-7.
The Albia Rotary Club will be selling fresh Christmas wreaths.
The American Legion will be serving funnel cakes from 5-7.
Stacey DeTar, Daryl Schofield and FFA students will be setting out the luminaries.
Fleur Di Lis Bakery will be on the North Side of the Square from 3-5 p.m. selling her fresh homemade desserts.
Second Grade students decorated small Christmas trees for the season. They will be on display at Fiber At Shoppe thru mid December for your enjoyment. Please stop by and admire their hard work.
Russ and Becky Vanden Berg will have their ‘greenhouse store’ in the Princeton Alley on Stroll Day weather permitting.