Weekend to showcase variety of holiday activities in Baldwin
Art, parade, Santa set for Sunday
Baldwin will kick off the holiday season in a big way this weekend beginning with an art show and ending with a visit from Santa with a little bit of caroling in between.
A number of events will be going this weekend to start Baldwin's holiday season beginning with the Baldwin Community Arts Council's holiday art sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday in the old lumberyard, 718 High St.
Sandy Cardens, from the BCAC, said the sale will feature paintings, drawings, pottery and photographs from a number of area artists, as well as hot chocolate and hors d'oeuvres throughout the weekend.
She said performances by Glen Stansberry, the Baldwin High and Junior High School choirs and the Victorian Carolers will also be a part of the holiday sale. Stansberry will perform Saturday. The carolers will sing from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The school choirs will follow the carolers Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday marks the annual Baker University Candlelight Vespers at the First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grove streets. The first service is at 4 p.m., followed by a second service at 7:30 p.m.
In between the Vespers services, the Baldwin City Recreation Commission will sponsor some holiday activities at Eighth and High streets including a performance by dancers from Stacy's Dance Studio.
Jamie Peterson from the BCRC said there will be drawings for prizes donated from local businesses.
"We just have a ton of prizes to give away," she said.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, the fourth annual holiday light parade will make its way downtown with Santa Claus among the participants.
"We're hoping to have as much fun as we have had the last couple of years," Peach Madl, parade coordinator, said.
The parade floats will line up at the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center at 5:30 p.m. and head south on Eighth Street beginning at 6.
Once the parade reaches Eighth and High streets, Santa Claus will help light the city Christmas tree.
Peterson said children will have an opportunity to get their pictures taken with Santa following the parade.
She encouraged people to take part in the variety of holiday activities and events this weekend.
"It's just a fun, traditional way of kicking off Christmas," she said.