The new gazebo on the corner of highways 13 and 98 marks the start of holiday decorations south and west down the respective highways.
Thanksgiving is over, and with that we set our sights on the Christmas season.
In Spencer, the evidence is already visible. The street light poles are adorned with beautiful decorations. The new gazebo is lit up as well. Numerous homes and some businesses are already into the decorating mood.
On Saturday, the season gets off to a roaring start as Santa makes his way to Spencer for the annual Spencer Chamber of Commerce Lunch with Santa celebration. It will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
As in the past the Olde Village Hall (Spencer Kids Group) will be bustling with activities. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet kids, big and small. Bring your camera to capture that magical moment when your child asks Santa for that special item.
Kids also will have an opportunity to visit a gift table where they can buy some specially priced item for the special people in their lives. The table is sponsored by the Spencer Women's Club. A fish pond and tattoos will be provided by the Spencer Girl Scouts.
Lunch will be available from members of the Spencer School FBLA organization, who will be happy to serve you. Each child attending the event will receive a goodie bag sponsored by the chamber and the Spencer Lions Club.
If you are looking for an early Christmas tree buy, then you will want to stop at Burnstad's Market on Saturday, too. The Spencer Lions will sell Christmas trees from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sales will last until Christmas or until all the trees have been sold.
With the yuletide season comes all the events that tend to put us into the festive mood. Throughout the area, there are numerous cookie walks. One group is having a walk right here in Spencer, while two community groups are sponsoring cookie walks at the Marshfield mall, Shoppes at Wood Ridge.
On Dec. 7, the United Methodist Church ladies will be ready and waiting for you at the Olde Village Hall (Spencer Kids Group). From 8:30 a.m. to noon, homemade cookies and candy will be sold by the pound.
On Dec. 8, the Spencer School Music Group will sponsor a walk at Shoppes at Wood Ridge in Marshfield. Again, homemade cookies and candy will be sold by the pound. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The third cookie walk of interest is Dec. 15, at Shoppes at Wood Ridge. The Spencer Kids Group will sell the sweet-tooth favorites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The first Village Voice of Spencer Outdoor Christmas Decorating Contest is in full swing. The Spencer Chamber of Commerce also has jumped into the holiday spirit. There are two categories, businesses and residential.
Please refer to the December issue of the Village Voice to find an entry form. Fill it out and mail to the address below by Wednesday. Voting will take place the week of Dec. 10. Two $25 gift certificates will be awarded in each category.
Harry Toufar is a correspondent for Spencer. Share Spencer area news with him by email at email@example.com or call 715-659-4429.