Christmas is upon us
Christmas is certainly taking shape in Baldwin City. The pumpkins have been pitched and somewhere around 56 percent of the leaves have been bagged, burned or mulched.
Now it's time for Saint Nick. The first sign came the first of November when the out-of-town crew brought in the downtown Christmas ornaments/lights. Hmmmm. Still brown snow, but I do like the candles. I swear we haven't had them before, although some people insist we have. Whatever. I like them.
Since then, little by little, lights have appeared on homes throughout Baldwin and the surrounding country side. I've seen some good and bad displays. The best so far would probably be the one just into Vinland near the library. Check it out, it's cool.
It really got serious Monday, though, as the city crew cut down the Christmas tree donated by Laura Morford, brought it into town and hoisted it into the traditional spot at Eighth and High.
Don't worry, Phyllis, it's not Charlie Brown's Christmas tree this year.
For the rest of the day and into Tuesday, the Baldwin Community Arts Council crew headed up by council president Sandy Cardens and Morford decorated the tree. It's really interesting what the BCAC is doing with the tree.
The group took on the task and has involved the entire community in making decorations for the tree. It's an old-fashioned, environmental friendly theme with decorations being edible for any birds passing by. Art classes in all Baldwin schools pitched in to make decorations. There are strings of cranberries and popcorn, apples, oranges and a host of ornamental pinecones with peanut butter and seeds on them.
If I was a bird, I believe I'd be building a nest in that tree right quick. Sounds like heaven.
The lights to the tree will be switched on Sunday by Santa Claus as usual. It will culminate what has become one of the favorite parts of Christmas for Baldwin City the light parade, which was started three years ago. If you haven't taken part in the parade yet, give it a try. It's a great way to get in the Christmas spirit.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. and will traipse down Eighth Street, then turn onto High Street. Santa Claus will be riding in the antique firetruck in the parade as usual. He'll stop at the corner of Eighth and High, flip the switch on the community Christmas tree and then hang around to greet, meet and enjoy the children.
There will be plenty more going on Sunday as usual, too. Hedges Real Estate will have its open house again and there's a new event the BCAC will be having a holiday art sale. It's a weekend-long sale, which will offer plenty of art for sale in the old video store at 715 Eighth St. The art sale will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Looking for a different Christmas present for someone? Take a gander at what our bevy of talented local artists have for sale.
Of course also on the slate Sunday is another Baldwin Yuletide tradition and favorite Baker University's Candlelight Vespers. It will be at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Catch it before or after the parade. You'll be glad you did.
Also before and after the parade is a chance to take a look at the nativity scene display from the ladies at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church. The nativity scenes will be displayed from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stacey's Dance Studio, also at the corner of Eighth and High.
There are other Christmas events at various times, but these are the ones Sunday. The Signal has run a complete list of the events and will do so again as space allows. The list can be found online at the Signal's Web site, baldwincity.com. Go to the archive section, punch in Nov. 20, 2002 in the find by date and look for the story "Events set mood for holidays."