Old-fashioned Christmas celebration in Kaneville
by Susan O’Neill
KANEVILLE—Celebrate the season with an old-fashioned Christmas in Kaneville on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Kaneville Community Center at Harter and Main Street roads, with the inaugural lighting of the community Christmas tree donated by Kaneville business Strang Landscaping. Community members are encouraged to bring an ornament that represents their family to place on the tree. Children from the Kaneville Community Center Child Care Center will assist in decorating the tree.
Santa will pose for pictures taken with children in attendance at the Kaneville fire barn from 9 a.m. to noon.
Jim Feece will bring his team of horses and his antique wagon and put them on display over by the historical houses across from the Fire Department. Kaneville board member Carl Hauser will drive an antique tractor as a hayrack ride for people in town.
Across the street, the historic 1840’s Farley House will be open 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for visitors who wish to take a step back in time. The Christmas tree will be decorated with old-fashioned, hand-made items for the children to pick from its branches, Kaneville Historical Society Lynnette Werdin said.
A display of manger scenes donated by families in the area from their Christmases past will decorate the house.
“We try to make it a nice day, especially for the children,” Werdin said.
Hill’s Country Store owner Pat Hill will show her appreciation for its customers by offering free peppermint ice cream, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The Old Second Bank’s Kaneville branch will also host a Customer Appreciation Day, with breakfast food and drinks, as well as gifts for the children, and raffle items for children and adults.
Stop by the Kaneville United Methodist Church at 46W764 Main Street Road between 9 and 11 a.m. for the church’s annual Cookie Walk. Add to your collection of Christmas goodies at the bake sale in the Kaneville Community Center gym from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. And while you’re there, you might find a craft item for someone on your Christmas list.
Kaneville Public Library Director Ray Christiansen said he is looking forward to the activities at the library open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children are invited to make and take a Christmas ornament, and several times throughout the morning, children can sit and listen to a Christmas story. Music students of former Kaneville resident Elyse Napoli will play their instruments in an ongoing recital performance beginning at 10:30 a.m. Door prizes and basket raffles will be offered throughout the day.
Craft show coordinator Karen Flammond is still looking for more crafters for the sale. Those interested should call (630) 557-2854. To donate bake sale items, call Hill at (630) 557-2228.
“We’re really working hard (to make it a nice event),” Hill said.