Activities to ready Baldwin for holidays
Temperatures are hovering in the low 30s and snow is on the ground -- perfect weather for a parade.
It's also perfect weather for an art show, some caroling, some holiday shopping and a visit from Santa Claus.
All of it will be included in a variety of events that will be going on this weekend to start Baldwin's holiday season.
Starting off the weekend will be the retail holiday open house and Baldwin Community Arts Council's holiday art sale.
Several local businesses will be open additional hours and feature specials for those trying to get a start on their holiday shopping. The participating Baldwin businesses will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
BCAC's holiday art sale will begin its second weekend Saturday at the Lumberyard Arts Center, 718 High St.
Between 15 and 20 artists, many of whom are local, are expected to have their art on display and for sale. Artwork will include handmade beaded jewelry, ornaments, pottery, paintings and photography.
All artwork for sale will be less than $100. Ten percent of all sales will go to benefit the Lumberyard Arts Center.
In addition to the art, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will be available.
The show will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Victorian carolers will be at the sale and around the downtown area from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday singing a number of holiday carols.
Baker University will continue with the holiday events Sunday with its 74th annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, Eighth and Grove streets.
The event will feature performances by ensembles of Baker's music department. A reception will follow both of the performances in the church's fellowship hall. Admission is free.
Children will have an opportunity to do a little holiday shopping Sunday afternoon.
Stacy's Dance Studio, 723 Eighth St., will feature Santa's Workshop from 4 to 7:30 p.m., and will include a variety of gifts that can be purchased by children for their friends and family.
Prices of the gifts will range from 50 cents to $5. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Baldwin City Tap and Jazz Company.
Members of the dance troupe will be on hand to help the children shop and then wrap their purchases.
Stacy Carrington, owner of Stacy's Dance Studio, said she encouraged parents to bring their children by the workshop.
"I think it'd be a fun, fun thing for their kids," Carrington said.
Stacy's Dance Studio will also once again house the Ives Chapel nativity scene display. A variety of nativity scenes from around the world will be on display from 5 to 7 p.m.
The weekend's events will wrap up Sunday evening with the fifth annual holiday light parade and tree lighting ceremony.
Just before the start of the parade, the Baldwin City Tap and Jazz Company will perform in front of the city Christmas tree.
The parade, which will feature a number of floats, cars and horses covered in lights, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center. The parade will head south on Eighth Street, stopping at Eighth and High streets as the city Christmas tree is lit.
Santa Claus, who will be a part of the parade, will be on hand to light the tree. There will be photo opportunities with Santa after the ceremony and parade.
Also following the parade, the Baldwin City Recreation Commission will have its usual free drawing. Donated prizes from local businesses will be given away to those who participate in the drawing.
Sandy Cardens, Chamber of Commerce office manager, said the parade and other events are a good way to get in the holiday spirit.
"It's fun, it's tradition, it's very festive," she said. "It's a great way to really start the holiday season."