Luverne gears up for Winterfest
LUVERNE — Dozens of angels, decorated trees, trolly rides, pictures with Santa, an arts and crafts show and a variety of musical selections are on tap for Luverne’s annual Winterfest celebration this weekend.
“We have an outstanding weekend of things going on,” said Jane Wildung-Lanphere, executive director of the Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce.
Events get under way Friday with the opening of the Festival of Trees at the Carnegie Cultural Center from 1 to 5 p.m. This year, more than 20 trees have been decorated for the display. The highlight of the evening is the Monroe Crossing concert at the Historic Palace Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are still available at the Carnegie Cultural Center, or may be purchased at the Palace the night of the performance.The annual Winterfest Arts & Craft Show opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and features more than 100 vendor booths, including approximately 35 new vendors, Wildung-Lanphere said. The craft show is in the Luverne Elementary School and Commons, which is also the site for Santa’s Workshop and Pictures with Santa.Santa’s Workshop, hosted by Rock County 4-H, is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade and features make-and-take holiday crafts as well as a shopping center.Also for the kids, Luverne Community Education is sponsoring a Kids in the Kitchen event, in which children were asked to make or bake something to reflect the new “Luverne: Love the Life” theme. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the top three submissions.Luverne’s Hinkly House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Decorated for the Christmas season, the Hinkly House this year chose the theme of angels, with more than 40 borrowed angels displayed throughout the house.“There’s some old ones, handmade ones, a few fairy angels that are handmade,” said Diane Jauert, event organizer. “There’s a gold metal tree that displays Hummel angels — it’s very pretty.”
Desserts, cider and coffee will be served during the open house.Molly the Trolly, a 14-passenger mini bus, will operate from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, making the rounds between the Rock County Courthouse Square and the Historic Palace Theatre. The Courthouse Square is the site for the Winterfest Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m.; the Palace Theatre on Saturday night will be filled with “The Sounds of Christmas,” featuring staff and students of Luverne Street Music.“It should be a wonderful night,” said Wildung-Lanphere, adding that the concert will feature 45 numbers, from vocals to strings, brass and piano performances.A full schedule of events follows:
FridayPuppet Show story hour, 10 a.m., Rock County Community Library.Festival of Trees, 1 to 5 p.m., Carnegie Cultural Center.Wine and beer tasting, 4:30 p.m. to close, Blue Mound Liquor.Eagles Auxiliary Soup and Chili Supper, 6 p.m., Luverne Eagles Club.Winterfest Cribbage Tournament, 6:30 p.m., Luverne Eagles Club.Winterfest Family Fued, 7 p.m., Sharkees. Must pre-register in teams of five, call (507) 920-7644.Monroe Crossing, 7:30 p.m., Historic Palace Theatre. Tickets available at Carnegie Cultural Center, (507) 283-8294.
SaturdayWinterfest Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Luverne Elementary School & Commons.Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Luverne Elementary Commons.Rock County Sno Masters free swap meet and membership drive with Rusty Nutz Vintage Snowmobile Club Show & Shine, 10 a.m., Sharkees.Pictures with Santa, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Luverne Elementary Commons.Angels at Hinkly, 1 to 7 p.m., open house and reception, Hinkly House.Festival of Trees, 1 to 7 p.m., Carnegie Cultural Center.Eagles Winterfest Buc Euchre Tournament, 2 p.m., Luverne Eagles Club.Wine and beer tasting, 4:30 p.m. to close, Blue Mound Liquor.Molly the Trolley Rides, 5:30 to 7 p.m.Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, Rock County Courthouse Square, 6 p.m.D-Light-Full 5k Run, starting at the Luverne Aquatic and Fitness Center, 6 p.m. To participate, call Dave Duffy at (507) 920-3345.The Eagles Winterfest Steak Fry, 6 to 9 p.m., Luverne Eagles Club.“The Sounds of Christmas” performed by Luverne Street Music students and staff, Historic Palace Theatre, 7 p.m.D-Light-Full Dance, featuring “Six to Midnight,” 9 p.m. to midnight, Blue Mound Banquet Center.