Home for the holidays
Again this year, local organizations, individuals and businesses have been a flurry with holiday event planning, hoping to make this year’s holiday season one to remember.
Merry-ment on Main Street
The kick-off of the Holiday Coupon Book Program will be at “Merry-Ment on Main Street,” which will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.
The event will begin at City Hall with appetizers, wine and punch before visiting the participating local merchants. Participating merchants will be offering one-night-only deals. Also, all purchases made at participating retailers will be entered into a drawing for two $50 Chamber Gift Cards.
For more information please call 785-285-2139 or email [email protected]com.
Letters to Santa
Children are invited to write letters to Santa, and The Sabetha Herald and Sabetha Chamber of Commerce will help make sure they are delivered.
Letters should include the child’s full name, age and mailing address. All letters received by Friday, Dec. 6, will receive a hand-written reply from Santa!
All letters — and if desired, a submitted photo of the child — also will be published at no charge in The Sabetha Herald’s Christmas Greetings Special Supplement on Dec. 18.
Please send letters in one of the following ways:
• Hand Deliver: Santa’s Mailbox, located inside Sabetha City Hall, between Nov. 13 and Dec. 6;
• Mail: Santa’s Mailbox, PO Box 208, Sabetha KS 66534;
• Email: [email protected]com.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, a Community Thanksgiving Dinner is being offered on Thanksgiving Day.
The free dinner will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at The Main Event in Sabetha. A full meal of turkey and all the trimmings will be available at no charge, or can even be delivered.
Event organizers ask that you RSVP by Nov. 21 to Shari at 785-285-0133 or Mariah at 785-285-2421.
With the theme, “Merry and Bright,” Sabetha’s annual Window Opening is set for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. The Chamber is bringing back old traditions to the event, included the Community Christmas Tree and Window Reveal.
Window Reveal: Businesses will cover their windows before Thanksgiving and reveal their decorated windows at 9 a.m. on Friday. People can vote for their favorite decorated window by dropping change into the small gingerbread house located inside the participating business. All donations will benefit the Kids Kloset.
Community Christmas Tree: Lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. for the Community Christmas tree, which will be located on the southwest corner of Main and Washington streets, near the United Bank and Trust drive-up location. Members of the public are invited to make weather resistant ornaments for the tree. Children at Sabetha Elementary School already have decorated ornaments in art class, and should have brought those home. They are invited to place the ornament on Nov. 29, or anytime after. The Chamber invites parents or community members to take pictures of their children placing their ornaments on the tree, then posting it on Facebook with the child’s name and tagging Sabetha Chamber. Each child’s name will then be placed in a drawing for a Chamber Gift Card.
Santa: Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by firetruck to Sabetha City Hall at 6 p.m. Santa will visit with children from 6 to 8 p.m. Photos are available by No Place Like Home/Miranda Livengood.
Live Reindeer: Two of Santa’s favorite reindeer will be at the southeast corner of Main and 11th Streets, near Aberle Ford. Children can feed the reindeer a carrot and have their photos taken in Santa’s sled from 6 to 8 p.m.
Food Options: Free hot dogs will be provided by United Bank and Trust. A soup supper will be offered at the First United Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m.
Other Activities: Rides on the trolley will be offered, beginning and ending in front of Sabetha City Hall. A craft and home show will be held in the City Hall gymnasium. Sabetha High School’s Odyssey and Infinity singers will delight audiences with caroling at 6:15 p.m.
Decorated four-foot by four-foot gingerbread houses, sponsored by Chamber businesses, will be on display at City Hall during Window Opening. After Window Opening, the gingerbread houses will be moved to the sponsoring business — including United Bank and Trust, Triple C, C&K Service, Morrill and Janes Bank/Saylor Insurance, Wenger Manufacturing, Community National Bank, Schenck Process, Sabetha Hospital Guild and Northwind Technical Services — as a drop-off location for the Kids Kloset, which serves children up to age 18. The Kids Kloset is in need of new items including winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snow boots, socks, underwear, kids’ clothing size 2T to 16, and toiletries. Monetary donations and gift cards also are a wonderful blessing that buys what is needed when supplies are running low.
Light Up Sabetha
Anyone with a residence inside Sabetha’s city limits can enter the annual Light Up Sabetha House Decorating Contest, co-sponsored by the Sabetha Chamber of Commerce and City of Sabetha.
Prizes will be given for first through fourth places, as awarded by an independent judging committee. First place will receive $200, second place $150, third place $100 and fourth place $75.
Call the Chamber or City Hall to enter your own house or any other house you think is deserving. Nominations will be accepted up until noon on Friday, Dec. 20. Judging will take place beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20.