Palisade event is old-fashioned fun
The students at Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool and Daycare in Palisade think they have a pretty good chance of winning the children’s division of Saturday’s Gingerbread House Contest, one of the many activities taking place this weekend during the Palisade Olde Fashioned Christmas.
The children, 6 to 10 years old, spent most of the snowy afternoon Tuesday decorating their prebuilt houses with candy canes, gumballs, royal icing and chocolate bars.
“Once they got their imaginations going, they really started to have fun with it,” said Mary Butler, assistant director of the day care and gingerbread house decorating guide.
The gingerbread houses will be on display beginning Saturday morning at First Methodist Church on Main Street, also known as Gingerbread Lane, in Palisade.
As for the rest of the traditional yuletide celebration, organizers of the Olde Fashioned Christmas event anticipate this year’s version to be bigger, better and more spirited than last year.
“I just love how this is turning into such a wonderful Christmas event,” said Dixie Burmeister, coordinator of the gingerbread house contest and showcase.
Leif Johnson, executive director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce, said the event is growing every year and includes fun activities for young and old. This year, it includes events starting Friday night and ends with a holiday tea Sunday at the Wine Country Inn.
Planned around Palisade are wagon rides, wine tastings, train rides for children, a soup tasting and visits from a slew of holiday characters including Ebenezer Scrooge, the Grinch and the town crier.
“You’re going to see men in top hats and women in old-fashioned dresses,” Johnson said. “It’s just a full day of activities that kids and adults will enjoy.”
Burmeister said vendor booths will showcase area businesses and nudge shoppers to buy local.
“There’s going to be roasted chesnuts and marshmallows by the chimeras,” Burmeister said, “and we’re going to ring the church bells every hour starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.”
New to the event this year is the Creative Snowman Contest. Residents are encouraged to create a “snowman” out of any material available, except snow. The entries must be delivered to the Palisade Chamber of Commerce office by Friday, and there is no entry fee. The snowmen will remain on display in downtown Palisade through the holiday season.
Another new addition is the Art and Chocolate Walk, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and serve as a start to the festive weekend. The walk will include visits to local galleries for chocolate treats, and a covered surrey complete with Percheron horses will take the walk out of the tour for $5.