MR's 'Country Christmas' set for Saturday
MAIDEN ROCK --- With Thanksgiving come and gone, it's now Christmas season and Pierce County cities are gearing up.
One, in particular, is Maiden Rock, which will host its annual "Country Christmas" celebration this Saturday.
The celebration begins at 7 a.m. with a local pancake breakfast at the ambulance hall. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids, ages 12 and under, with the money going to the local ambulance service, which also serves Stockholm and Pepin. Featured on the breakfast menu are french toast, sausage, blueberries, syrup and honey. The breakfast runs until noon.
From 9 a.m. to noon, Hiawatha National Bank will host "Little Santa," at which all children who come will receive some sort of present (i.e. toys, gifts) from members of the local 4-H club, who will be dressed up in elves' costumes.
An hour later, the bank will have an open house of its own, at which cider, coffee and cookies will be offered.
Also at 10 a.m., Santa will make an appearance of his own--at The Lodge Retreat--to coincide with the business' grand opening. He'll be handing outs bags of fruit to each youngster who shows up. Kids will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Santa. The event is promoted by the Maiden Rock Area Community Association (MRACA).
The MRACA also has its hands in another event, starting at 10 a.m., in which people will get the opportunity to ride through the village on a horse-drawn wagon. According to MRACA member Terry Cuddy, the event is free to the public, but donations are accepted, though not requested.
The final event starts at 3 p.m., in which musicians Dakota Dave Hall and Kari Larson will perform Christmas songs at the creamery. The musicians, Cuddy explained, are looking for donations in the neighborhood of $7-$10.
Maiden Rock's celebration is just part of the County Christmas celebration along Hwy. 35, which includes Pepin and Stockholm. The highlight event in Pepin is the traditional Catapult Fruitcake Toss, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.