The theme for Gladbrook’s Tree Lighting Festivities held on Wed., Nov. 30th, was “Kris Kringle Kruise”. The night of the 15th annual tree lighting was clear, cool and calm, which made for a very fun evening. A large crowd of adults and excited kids enjoyed the activities. The upper level of the City Center was alive with the laughter of children as they visited with Santa Claus and received their “Santa Sacks”. Gladbrook’s annual “Festival of Trees” were illuminated that evening as well. The unique and beautifully decorated trees, holiday scenes and table settings turned the City Center into both a winter wonderland and a south sea cruise to a tropical island. The holiday music provided by Sue Koster added to everyone getting into the spirit of the season. The Festival of Trees will be on display in the upstairs of the City Center through December. The times are 1-9 daily except on Thurs., 1-4. The City Center will be closed on Dec. 24th & 25th. You will be very pleasantly surprised when you visit the “Festival of Trees”, so bring your family, friends and neighbors. We would like to thank all the businesses, organizations, and churches that participated. We would like to thank Deb Osborn for taking Santa pictures. What a nice keepsake for the kids. She even took a picture of a baby 5 days old. Both the young and the old enjoyed riding on the beautifully lighted trolley pulled by a team of Belgiums belonging to Dennis Dostal. The trolley rides were sponsored by Great Western Bank and Goos Implement. We also want to thank Denny for furnishing the sound system. In the theater lobby, several set up a Farmers Market with a large variety of holiday goodies and crafts. The Gladbrook Theater also held a silent auction fundraiser for the new digital projector and screen. 500 hot dogs and 12 gallons of apple cider were served outside. A big thank you to Hometown Foods for donating the hot dogs. The “Kettle King” was kept busy making kettle corn. After everyone had registered for prizes, Pastor Robert Doner emceed the program. The kids did the traditional count down for the lighting of the pole decorations and the tree that was donated by Kory & Lori Staff. The kids enjoyed singing “Jingle Bells”, “Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer”, “Deck the Halls” and “Silent Night” led by Linda Goos. Gladbrook’s Main Street is now ready for the holiday season. Prizes, prizes and more prizes were given away. Approximately 125 kid prizes and 20 adult prizes were donated by the area businesses and the Gladbrook Young Women. A big thank you to each and every Gladbrook merchant. Gladbrook’s 2011 Corn Cob Queen Rose Russell and Santa drew the names for the adult winners. The six lucky winners that took home $25 in trade dollars were Kathy Vavroch, Marcia Schmidt, Jessica Thede, Kara Ferch, Phillip Collins, and Lisa Reinhard. We want to especially thank Gladbrook Covenant Clinic, Alliant Energy, Gladbrook Theater, and Vogel Funeral Homes for their very generous financial support. A special thank you to the Gladbrook Young Women for decorating the Santa stage, doing the shopping for the kids prizes, the man-power during the activities and their financial support. It was greatly appreciated. The tree lighting activities are sponsored by the Gladbrook Commercial Club. We hope everyone has a happy holiday season.
Winners of the $25 Gladbrook Trade Dollars at the annual Tree Lighting held in Gladbrook on Wednesday, November 30 were (l-r) (In front) Kathy Vavroch, Cara Ferch, Phillip Collins, in back, Marcia Schmidt and Lisa Reinhard. Not pictured winner Jessica Thede. Photo by Betty Dahms