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Pioneer Village Old Fashioned Christmas is Thursday and Friday

Pioneer Village director Roy Reimer (left) and Nobles County Historical Society president Jacoba Nagel work on Christmas decorations Wednesday afternoon at the Pioneer Village in Worthington. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Pioneer Village is ringing in the Christmas season with its 25th annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

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“This event always sets off the tone for the Christmas season and is a good way to support the Nobles County Historical Society,” said Jacoba Nagel, that organization’s president.

Children ages 15 and younger will be admitted free, and are all welcome to visit with Santa Claus in the fire hall. For people who want enjoy some community sightseeing, Reading Bus Lines will be conducting free tours of lights around Worthington starting at 6:45 p.m. both nights.

Pioneer Village also has more than 10 new acts joining the entertainment lineup this year. In the small church, Anna and Ethan Meyer will be singing; Worthington Christian School students will be performing holiday tunes in the large church. Also newly featured are Brigette and Callie Rosenberg, who will be dancing in the big barn.

“Although I’m really happy about all the new acts, I think a lot of people do come to see some of our regular performances – It’s tradition for them,” Nagel said.

Some of those popular acts include the St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir, Kay Williams Prunty Dance Academy and Audrey Brake, who plays accordion in the saloon.

Horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered throughout the village grounds. Food and hot cider will be available, and lots of gift ideas like jams, jellies, cookbooks and Burt’s Bees products will be available at the country store.

A complete schedule for the two evenings follows:


Small church

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Anna and Ethan Meyer, vocal; 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Linda Lang, piano and vocals; 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Paul Gonzales and Cindy Beerman; 7 to 8 p.m.: St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir; 8 to 8:30 p.m.: Darlene Rautenkranz and Jean Johnson, vocal.

Large church

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Lois Gruis piano students; 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Worthington Christian School students; 7 to 7:30 p.m.: Cindy Anderson and Family with Chris Kielblock; 7:30 to 8 p.m.: Dean Christopherson Family; 8 to 8:30 p.m.: Teresa Widboom Family; 8:30 to 9 p.m.: In Harmony.

Additional Thursday performers

5 to 9 p.m.: Audrey Brake, accordion, Saloon; 5:30 to 6 p.m.: Brigette and Callie Rosenberg, dancers, Barn; 6 to 6:30 p.m.and 7:30 to 8 p.m.: Daryl Hrdlicka, “The Christmas Present” play, Barn; 8 to 8:30 p.m.: Karen singers.


Small church

5:30 to 6 p.m.: The Rev. Dr. Daren Flinch, solo trombone; 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Jolene Kuhl, piano; 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Kris Stewart, piano; 7 to 8 p.m.: St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir; 8 to 8:30 p.m.: Rhonda Schmidt, vocal.

Large church

5 to 5:30 p.m.: Celebration Choir; 5:30 to 6 p.m.: Rhonda Schmidt, vocal; 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Folk Choir; 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Worthington Brass;7 to 7:30 p.m.: Maynard and Janine Townswick, accordion; 7:30 to 8 p.m.: Candace Joens; 8 to 8:30 p.m.: Festival singers; 8:30 to 9 p.m.: Ivan Parga, vocal.

Additional Friday performers

5 to 9 p.m.: Cindy Harvey, karaoke, Saloon; 5 to 9 p.m.: Kay Prunty Dance Academy, Barn.

The sale of Christmas swags and baked goods is a major source of the funds taken in by Pioneer Village to cover ongoing maintenance costs of the historic site. Memberships to the village will also be available for purchase each night.

Also returning this year, Roxann and Alfred Polzine will be dressedon Thursday night as villagers of the pioneer era and act as village guides.

“Come and kick off the Christmas season at Pioneer Village,” encouraged Nagel. “It just gets everyone in the Christmas spirit.”

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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