By Angel Wyrwas
People often complain there is nothing to do and this is especially true for smaller rural communities, but not ours. The first week of December has a myriad of opportunities to celebrate the holidays with something for everyone.
Santa Claus Days will be taking place Saturday, December 2 at the Marmarth Community Center in Marmarth, ND. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be a free will offering lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Vendors will be on site for Christmas shopping and people can enjoy a Tiny Tree Decorating Contest. The Community Club will be doing kids’ activities starting at 1 p.m. Ornament Bingo will also begin then. Highway tree judging will be at 2:30 p.m. There will be turkey drawings on the hour and Santa is scheduled to fly in for a visit at 3 p.m.
The Friends of FMC Foundation will host its 15th annual Fantasy Food Fair Saturday, Dec. 2 at Thee Garage Showroom in Baker from 7-10 p.m. Seven food vendors will be on site as well as Blue Rock Distributing serving the wine. The featured drink will be wine from the state of Iowa. There will be a holiday gift basket raffle and a raffle for a Weber grill. Artist Mary Smith will be doing her famous quick draw that evening. Tickets are $40 and people are encouraged to buy them beforehand, as tickets are limited to 150.
The O’Fallon Community Choir will present its 39th Annual Christmas Concert December 3 at 2 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church. Listening to music can help reduce stress according to many studies. Music is also capable of eliminating physical exhaustion as it allows the body and mind to relax. And who doesn’t need that during the holidays?
Wednesday, December 6 is a busy day in Baker as people join businesses for the Christmas Stroll. Stores will be open until 7 p.m. Don’t worry about shopping and trying to get dinner on the table because the Friends of FMC Foundation is putting on a free will offering chili feed with all the fixings at Thee Garage from 5-7 p.m. Santa will visit the Baker Fire Station from 4-6 p.m. to take pictures and hear children’s Christmas desires. The fire department asks people to bring a can of food or small donation to the Community Cupboard.
That’s a busy week but hopefully people will have time to get all their festive lights hung by the next Monday. The Baker Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will sponsor a Christmas Light Decorating Contest December 11. Homes will be judged after 5 p.m. Winners will receive Baker Bucks.