Merry Christmas and it was a blessed Saturday on December 8th when Adrian Town & Country sponsored their huge Christmas Open House. There were at least 40 vendors who “set up shop” in the big elementary gym. In the Commons area (or food area) Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus reigned supreme and a cute little green clad elf took dozens and dozens of pictures! I was seated close to the picture taking and watched, with awe, the number of parents who took time off from their business or farms to bring their little ones to meet Santa! Some of the little ones were eager, some shy, some cried and some boldly told Santa what they wanted! Each child received a gift from Santa (via Town & Country Association) and also juice and the best sugar cookie I’ve ever eaten! Essmans had been busy in Mrs. Santa’s kitchen! There was coffee, cold drinks and goodies also in the Commons, under the direction of Shelly John, and 4-H Interstate student helpers. The gym had such a variety of gifts - items, some made in Haiti, homemade jewelry, Christmas ornaments, skin products and sewing articles! It seemed like folks were buying, visiting and many with smiles! Many folks attended the 8:00 a.m. Mass and then drove or walked to the Elementary school. Of course Mr. Loftus was there to help in many ways! Jonie Aggen, President of the Town & Country Organization was everywhere! A good Saturday! A very good Saturday!
Some more tidbits - - The beautiful Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus outfit and the darling green “elf” outfit were made by our very talented Librarian Merideth Vaselaar!
The Knights of Columbus served wonderful homemade soups and sandwiches after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, December 9th. The four soups are all homemade and so very delicious! The Knights will do this again soon! Remember the public is invited! They also had three tables with lots of Christmas “goodies” for sale and the prices were very cheap! I bought five plates to be given out to other programs! A good deal!
The wonderful “goodies” on sale at the Soup & Sandwich luncheon were made by wives of the Knights of Columbus! What a great display!
Our girls basketball team hasn’t lost a game so far! On Friday, December 7th they played against Ellsworth Panthers and won! The “stuff’ on the bleachers is still being picked up! Thanks to all who help!
Pinochle scores from Big Orv’s on Thursday, December 6th are: 1st - Bruce Olson & Frannie Lonneman, 2nd - Joe Scheidt & Eric Palaschak, 3rd - Jim Reese & Steve Banck, 4th - Mike Schettler and “Cannon” Mueller. Big Orv says to come and enjoy playing cards for a couple of hours every Thursday at his place!
Thanks to Allen Wolf for his strong arm after the girls game last week! It is such a feeling of security to have help on the steps or the icy sidewalks! Why do I take a chance to attend the games? Because I love to see the young people perform, that’s it!
Many of our friends, neighbors and acquaintances are leaving for warmer climate! They come back with good tans and lots of tall tales of how warm it was and how much they golfed or strolled the beaches, streets, and orchards! We smile and listen and secretly wish they got a bad sunburn! Just fooling! Or am I?
God has been so good to us this fall! He has allowed us to bring in the harvest and do many extra things because of the good weather. Now, let us pray for an end to the drought for next year! Remember that God hears every prayer! HE and HE alone controls the world!
The Hospice tree lighting ceremony was held on a bitter cold night, Sunday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the large meeting room in the Fire Hall in Adrian. Adrian and Ellsworth had a joint ceremony. A beautiful tree in front of the Fire Hall was lit at the beginning of the program. There was a welcome by Deb Kroon, and several musical selections by Justice Redding. All names on the program were read by Hospice volunteers. There were 12 “In Honor” names and 175 “In Memory” names that were read! Remember you do not have to have a loved one in the Hospice program to be on the list. Anyone who gives a donation to the Hospice program in memory of or in honor of a loved one, thatname is read. All proceeds go to benefit the Hospice program. Thank you for those who planned the program and those who braved the 40 mile an hour wind to attend!
Thanks “Ching” Heitkamp for an arm as the icy sidewalk going up to the Fire Hall Sunday evening! That wind was a shock to this old body!
Catholic Daughters of Adrian will be having their annual Christmas Party for the clients at the DAC (Development Achievement Center) in Worthington on Thursday, December 13th. Please remember to bring your Christmas “goodies” to the Education Building by 11:45 a.m. Did you ever see such letters?! The CDA to the DAC and meet at the CCD at 11:45! More about this great christian charity in my next column! God bless you all!