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November 2014 – Traditions take center stage

It’s the season in between the most beautiful fall in recent memory and the time when snow will transform the landscape into a winter wonderland.

The days just ahead are filled with preparations for the firearms deer hunting opener. Hunters site in their rifles, air their blaze orange gear and check out the weather forecast. Nowadays, many women hunt, too, but traditional “hunting widows” look for craft shows to do some early Christmas shopping or to something new to decorate a shelf, the dining room table or this year’s Christmas tree.

The tradition continues with a Holiday Bazaar Nov. 7 and 8 at the Headwaters Animal Shelter, a Snowflakes & Candy Canes Holiday Show Nov. 8 and 9 at the Century School and the 18th Annual Hubbard Holiday Boutique Nov. 8 and 9 at the Hubbard Community Center. St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids will hold their annual Fall Bazaar Nov. 22.

Starting Nov. 1, shoppers will find Jingle Bells tickets in most stores in and around Park Rapids. This year’s Jingle Bells Sweepstakes offers thousands of dollars in Chamber Bucks and prize bundles. Shoppers receive one ticket per $10 purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets and can enter through Wednesday, Dec. 10. The Jingle Bells Drawing & Gala Celebration starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Century School with music, food and beverages. Santa will be on hand to take those last-minute requests and merchants will be giving away door prizes, too.

Park Rapids merchants welcome early shoppers to savor the hometown-style atmosphere you will find where personal service, free gift wrapping and friendly smiles await as you fill those Christmas wish lists. Look for a Friends & Family Sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

The Park Rapids Community Band will bring in the spirit of the season at a winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Area High School Auditorium.

The tree lighting on Main Street the Friday after Thanksgiving offers a greeting card moment to remember with friends and family. Festivities start with a Yuletide Sampler at participating stores beginning at 5 p.m., a Live Nativity and the annual Hospice Light Up a Life Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join in singing Christmas carols, welcoming Santa and a celebration of life and memories. The ceremony starts at 6 p.m. Once lit, the giant tree stands as a symbol of small town cheer and good will, lighting the way to a New Year. And remember to support your local merchants on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29.

It’s always a good time to catch a memory whether it’s enjoying the outdoors, relaxing or enjoying some local culture. The Chamber Website has all the information you need to put together a memorable stay or weekend visit. If you want help or have questions, call our friendly staff at 800-247-0054 to learn more.

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