Archive for Thursday, December 9, 2004

Christmas time in Baldwin

December 9, 2004

As the saying goes, don't rain on my parade.

That's what organizers of the fifth-annual holiday lights parade had to contend with Sunday as Baldwin City was soaked by a day-long rain that brought about an inch of precipitation. With the whole point of the parade being about lights -- and the electricity to make them shine -- it was decided being out in the rain might not be the best thing.

So, the parade was postponed around 2 p.m. Sunday. It was rescheduled for this Sunday at 6 p.m.

"It was just impossible to mix electricity with water," said Sandy Cardens of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce. "It was a safety issue.

"When you have to postpone something like that at the last minute, it causes problems," said Cardens. "It was hard to get Santa Claus rescheduled because he's so busy this time of year. But, he agreed readily because he didn't want to be out in the rain, either."

While apologizing for the inconvenience, Cardens also made a good point about the parade being rescheduled a week later.

"We're sorry if people came down in the rain and found out it wasn't going on," she said. "But, this Sunday is supposed to be 56 degrees. It will be wonderful."

The parade -- which always features numerous floats, cars and horses decked out with plenty of lights -- will start at the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center on Chapel and move south down Eighth Street. Cardens said 10-20 floats were scheduled for last week and hopes that they'll make it back for this week's parade.

As always, the parade's finale will be Santa Claus who will stop at the corner of Eighth and High streets to light the city Christmas tree. Santa will have goodies and be available to chat, as always.

"We're still going to have photos with Santa," Cardens said.

Most of the coinciding events that were scheduled with the parade last week will go on this time around. But, there are exceptions. The Baldwin Community Arts Council will have its annual holiday art sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It will be in the Lumberyard Arts Center.

The Baldwin City Recreation Commission will be having give-aways after the parade. The Baldwin City Tap and Jazz Company from Stacey's Dance Studio will also be performing before the parade.

The Victorian Carolers will also be performing around the lumberyard, but for a reduced time. They'll only be singing from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also, the nativity scene display will not be conducted again this week. It went on as planned last week.

There is one addition, however. Stephens Real Estate will have its seventh-annual Holiday Home Tour, which will be Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (See related story this page).

"The home's tour is also going at the same time," Cardens said. "I don't think that's a problem. I don't think the people who go to the home's tour would stand around downtown. But, they can do both."

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