Lincoln City Holiday Tree wrangled and delivered to the Cultural Center for upcoming tree lighting – WITH SANTA!! And gift shopping too, of course!
Holiday Tree Sleuths Jim Kusz, Niki Price and Steve Upchurch have completed their investigation into revealing the PERFECT tree for the Lincoln City Cultural Center. A long trail of evidence led them to the Noble Creek Tree Farm where this 24-foot specimen of “coniferial splendor” towered above them.
But not for long. Notice the flagrant display of cutting implements garishly brandished by Jim and Nikki. Lincoln City Holiday Tree Chauffeur Steve Upchurch (of Lincoln City Towing) seems to have something else on his mind, like….”Now… how do I get this thing to the Cultural Center? Is that north or south of Kyllo’s?”
Price says Pacific Power is scheduled to decorate the holiday tree this week in time for a special reception for the Jolly Fat Man who will be appearing during a pre-Christmas tour, Friday, Nov. 29, 5:30pm, at the cultural center. “His Giftfulness” will arrive aboard a North Lincoln Fire and Rescue fire truck, possibly piloted by Capt. Jim Kusz. Upon arrival, Santa will immediately whip out his North Pole Order Forms to ensure that all children can be assured that their wishes have be received by the Elves at the North Pole. Santa will be available for “gift consultations” through 7pm in the center conference room.
While Christmas eager beavers are excitedly anticipating the arrival of Santa, all eyes will be on the Holiday Tree placed prominently out by the LCCC sign The Sweet Adelines will provide caroling while FREE refreshments are served, courtesy of Kenny’s IGA Grocery. The actual flipping of the switch to light the tree occurs precisely at 5:15pm.
Meanwhile holiday celebrants may partake of other activities happening around the center, including ornament making and – remember these? – a cake walk! Cakes and other goodies are being donated by My Petite Sweet, Safeway and Captain Dan’s Pastry Shop – from 6-7pm in the center’s dance studio.
Now, all this is just a part of what is called The 11th Hour Santa Holiday Fair and Visits with Santa. The two day rain-or-shine event is scheduled both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29th and 30th at the cultural center, just north of the D River on the east side of Highway 101. There will be 30 gift vendors in the center auditorium, Elizabethan Room and center hallways. Gift Fair hours begin at Noon Friday and last through the Community Tree Lighting Party at 7pm. On Saturday, the 11th Hour Santa Sale will run from 10 to 4. Santa again visits with the children from 12 to 3. In addition, the Kids Sing Out Choir performs at 12:30pm. The children’s “Make and Take” ornament station will be open all day.
Cultural Center Volunteer Dawn Bredimus heads up the decorating committee to make sure the center is holiday festive inside and out. She’s getting help from some of her own Volunteer Elves Vonelle Swanson, Diane Disse and other center regulars. The Salmon River Garden Club will also provide what’s necessary to ‘green up’ the west entrance to the center.
Center Director Niki Price suggests that visitors bring contributions of canned and/or boxed foods for the Lincoln City Food Pantry or an unwrapped toy for the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue Christmas Toy Drive!
If you would like to volunteer for the event or have any questions, feel free to whip out your smart phone, push the button and say loudly…CALL DAWN! If that doesn’t work, try it the old fashioned way and tap 541-994-9994.