Things to see and do at stroll

Monroe County Historical Museum has special opening for Stroll

The Monroe County Historical Museum, closed for the season, will have a special re-opening for the Victorian Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The museum will be open from 4-7 p.m.

Strollers are invited to stop by to warm up, enjoy music, cookies and hot chocolate.

The museum will hold its seventh annual Decorated Christmas Tree Competition with trees decorated by children from Grant School. Strollers will be able to vote for their favorite with a penny. All of the proceeds go back to the classes who decorated trees.

The museum’s regular season is from May through October, Saturdays and Sundays.

Remembrance ribbons

Remember to purchase your Remembrance Ribbon at the Albia Chamber Main Street on the east side of the square. Colors are navy and ivory and are $2.50 each.  The ribbons will be placed on the Remembrance Tree in the front window of the Chamber office. Call the chamber at 641-932-5108 or stop by during regular hours.

Victorian Throw

The beautiful Victorian throw is available for purchase at First Iowa State Bank, the Albia Chamber Main Street and Antiques and More.

For the right to light Rudolph’s nose

All children, pre-school through second grade are invited to enter a drawing for the chance to light Rudolf’s nose with Santa. Simply color the provided picture of Santa and drop it in Santa’s Mailbox next to his house on the east side of the square by 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1.

Children will receive the pictures to color on Monday, Nov. 28 at their respective schools. Homeschoolers can pick up a picture at the chamber.  A drawing will be held to choose the lucky winner.  Santa is scheduled to arrive at 5 p.m. Parents of the winners will be notified on Friday, Dec. 2.

Carriage Rides

Beth and Terry Henderson of Centerville will be providing carriages rides starting on the north side of the square from 4-7 p.m. Take a horse drawn carriage ride around the square, see the new lights that adorn the 92 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the Nativity, train and caboose, Santa’s reindeer and much more. The $1 donations will help to fund the Victorian Stroll.

News boys are back

The Victorian Stroll News Boys are back. Jess and Casey Carter, sons of Brian and Rebecca Carter of Albia, will be handing out the Victorian Stroll Poem penned by Francis Cooper.

Old Time Victorian Photo

 Company  making memories

The Old Time Victorian Photo Co. (Michelle White) will be held at the Gate Church/Free Grace United Church  from 4:30-7 p.m.

Dress up in Victorian clothing and have your portrait taken. A variety of Victorian era clothing items and props will be provided and people can also bring their own costumes.

There are two backdrops available. Take home a perfect keepsake from this year’s Stroll, $10 for one 4 x 6 print, printed while you wait. Additional print sizes and poses will be available for online purchase.

Shuttle available

from Hy-Vee

A shuttle bus from the Hy-Vee parking lot to the Restoration Dental parking lot a block south of the square will be available from 4-7:30 p.m. High schoolers Trell Amoss and Brayden Reed will help people using the shuttle.

The shuttle is being provided through Durham Corp. and will be leaving the Hy-Vee parking lot and Restoration Dental every 15 or 20 minutes.

Santa in his Workshop

Visit Santa Claus in his workshop on the east side of the courtyard from 5-7 p.m. and let the children hop in the sleigh and enjoy a make-believe ride with the full-sized reindeer

Civil War Encampment

A Civil War re-enacters group will be on the north side of the square representing the 3rd Iowa, Company C, Light Art.

In addition enjoy blacksmith Steve O’Grady on the west side of the courtyard.

Huge train display

One of the biggest and best displays of the Victorian Stroll is in the First Iowa State Bank Heritage Hall where model railroaders have a gigantic working display.

The display opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

This was established by the late Richard Burkman. Now Mike Potts, Adam Riley, Alex Stocker and Ryan Crall will have their G Gauge and O Gauge trains set up around a village of trees.

The ever popular walking bridge will be part of the display along with Dept. 56 houses provided by Jan Stalzer , Catherine Burkman, and Mike Potts.

Fiber Art Shoppe

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Merriment at the Fiber Art Shoppe with demo’s & DIY’s. Watch hand spinning Christmas garland; hand cranking vintage style knitting machines to make knit hats & weaving festive mug rugs.

Other things to enjoy:

• Mitchell’s Kettle Korn on the west side of the courtyard.

• Stores are open around the square until 7 p.m.