Holiday in the Grove festivities appeal to young, old

By on December 3, 2010

On page 1A of the Dec. 2 edition of the Elburn Herald (Holiday in the Grove festivities appeal to young, old), the Herald erroneously reported that the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce puts on the festivities. While the chamber is an event supporter, the event itself is a community-run, nonprofit organization of community volunteers, separate from the chamber.
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by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—There are few events as thrilling for a child as that first encounter with Santa Claus. However, most parents, given the choice, would likely rather travel to the actual North Pole than have to tough it out in a mall filled with shoppers who will crush anything (or anyone) standing between them and that last $200 Xbox 360.

Fortunately, there’s a place where kids and parents alike can enjoy a breakfast with Santa and several other holiday activities without enduring a running-of-the-bulls-type shopping atmosphere. Sound like a holiday miracle? Nope, it’s just Sugar Grove’s Holiday in the Grove event.

The 2010 Holiday in the Grove will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, and will offer breakfast and pictures with Santa, a holiday fun fair, craft and vendor show, children’s holiday shop, Mrs. Claus’ sweet Shoppe and free horse-drawn sleigh rides through the streets of Sugar Grove.

“It’s just a great event. The families love it, the children love it, and there are fun festivities for people of all ages,” Sugar Grove Committee Chairperson Carrie Aguerra said.

The Breakfast with Santa portion of the event is co-sponsored by the Sugar Grove Fire Department and kicks off at 7:15 a.m. at the Sugar Grove Community House, 141 Main St. Additional seating times for the breakfast will take place a quarter past every hour up until 11:15 a.m. Participants can choose from either a pancake and sausage meal or an egg, sausage and biscuit meal for $5. A meal consisting of two Krispy Kreme doughnuts for $2 will also be available.

After the breakfast, children can go upstairs and have their free picture taken with Santa in front of the fireplace.

The craft and vendor show and children’s holiday shop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Shields Elementary School, 85 Main St. Children will be able to purchase gifts ranging from $1 to $5 from the shop. Purchased items can also be gift wrapped so they’ll be ready to put under the Christmas tree.

Meanwhile, the Friends of the Library will host a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Public Library. There will also be food, crafts and raffles available.

A holiday fun fair will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the upstairs of the Community House. Children who attend will have the opportunity to play old-fashioned games and win prizes.

Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels will be at the Community House from 9 to 11 a.m. to meet with residents, answer questions, and share coffee.

Mrs. Santa’s Sweet Shoppe will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 176 Main St. Homemade sweets and pies will be available for purchase, and attendees can view a nativity scene display.

Last, but not least, are the horse-drawn sleigh rides, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guerra, the former President of the John Shields PTO, continues to oversee the Holiday in the Grove festivities even though her children no longer attend the elementary school.

“I became involved with this event about five years back, and then I became a Chairperson,” she said. “The PTO was no longer able to financially fundraise for this event, so (the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce) took it over.”

Most of the Holiday in the Grove festivities are free of charge, with the exception of the Breakfast with Santa. Guerra said the fee for the breakfast reservations helps provide the food for the event, the Between Friends Food Pantry and the Holiday Spirit program, which provides gifts and meals for needy families.

“The Sugar Grove community comes together as a whole to put on this event,” she said.

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