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Luverne celebrates Winterfest Friday, Saturday

LUVERNE -- The snow that fell earlier this week will provide a festive backdrop to the annual Winterfest celebration Friday and Saturday in Luverne. Activities are planned to attract people of all ages, and new this year is a Christmas Stories fo...

LUVERNE - The snow that fell earlier this week will provide a festive backdrop to the annual Winterfest celebration Friday and Saturday in Luverne.

Activities are planned to attract people of all ages, and new this year is a Christmas Stories for Kids event, with stories read by Shawn Kinsinger from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carnegie Cultural Center. The Carnegie is also home to the Festival of Trees display, which is open from 1 to 4 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jane Lanphere said approximately 20 trees have been decorated by various groups and organizations for the Festival of Trees.
Always a big draw is the Winterfest Arts & Craft Show, planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Luverne Public School commons and Cardinal gym. The show will once again feature a lot of new crafters, as well as those offering products and services.
“We’ve had a mad rush of people signing up (as vendors) now that they’ve found out we aren’t having a blizzard,” Lanphere said.
The school will be abuzz with activity, as Rock County 4-H hosts a Santa’s Workshop for children in grades K-4, who are invited to participate in make-and-take holiday projects; and Community Education hosts a Kids in the Kitchen cookie decorating contest. Also, Myhre Studio is once again hosting Pictures with Santa, with proceeds going to Rock County S.H.A.R.E.
The Hinkly House will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday for a Christmas open house, with desserts served to guests. Luverne artist Carol Ceynowa has created one-of-a-kind fine arts holiday animals, which are displayed throughout the house.
Students and staff from Luverne Street Music are slated to perform in three different “Sounds of Christmas” concerts, breaking up what last year was a four-hour concert. This year, performances are kept to about an hour each, and are planned at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Monday, all at the Palace Theatre.
The Palace will also show “The Peanuts Movie” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Luverne Area Chamber is providing a free box of popcorn with every ticket sold to the show.
Nearly a dozen Luverne businesses will remain open until 7 p.m. Saturday evening for shoppers.
“I just encourage people to come over and enjoy Winterfest,” said Lanphere. “It’s a small town festival - a time for people to enjoy the holiday.”

Winterfest 2015 Schedule

Friday
10 a.m.: Puppet show story our, Rock County Community Library
1-4 p.m.: Festival of Trees, Carnegie Cultural Center
5-8 p.m.: Wine & beer tasting, Blue Mound Liquor
6:30 p.m.: Winterfest cribbage tournament, Luverne Eagles Club
7 p.m.: “The Peanuts Movie,” Historic Palace Theatre

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Saturday
Kids in the Kitchen decorated cookie contest, Luverne Public School gym (cookies will be displayed by the St. Catherines Church booth, prizes will be talled and community ed will present prizes to the kids between 2-3 p.m. .
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Winterfest Arts & Craft Show, Luverne Public School commons, gym
10 a.m.: Rock County Sno Masters swap meet, Rusty Nutz Vintage Snowmobile Club Show & Shine, Howling Dog Saloon. Snowmobile ride is weather-dependent.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Santa’s Workshop for grades K-4, Luverne Elementary Commons
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Pictures with Santa, Luverne Elementary Commons
1-4 p.m.: Festival of Trees, Carnegie Cultural Center
1-5 p.m.: Hinkly Christmas Open House, Hinkly House
1:30-2:30: Christmas Stories for the Kids, Carnegie Cultural Center
4:30 p.m.: “Sounds of Christmas” featuring Luverne Street Music students and staff, Historic Palace Theatre
5-8 p.m.: Wine & beer tasting, Blue Mound Liquor
6-9 p.m.: Winterfest steak fry, Luverne Eagles Club
7 p.m.: “Sounds of Christmas” featuring Luverne Street Music students and staff, Historic Palace Theatre

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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