Best year yet for Holiday in the Grove

By on December 13, 2013

Photo: Sisters Cary and Cara visit with Santa at the Sugar Grove Community House Saturday during the Holiday in the Grove. More photos are below the story. Photos by Patti Wilk

SUGAR GROVE—The Holiday in the Grove Board members described their event on Saturday as the best year they have had since the event was established.

They welcomed over three hundred guests total for their three sessions of Breakfast with Santa and had to make a food run for the fruit and orange juice that they ran out of in the morning.

Many community members braved the weather to attend the holiday event.

“We were all surprised that as many people came out on Saturday as they did with how cold it was outside. I overheard from more than one family that it was their first time out to the event, and some said they had lived in the community a few years and others that were new to the area,” said Julie Wilson, Secretary of Holiday in the Grove.

Holiday in the Grove President Diana Baker noted that one of their most meaningful and popular events turned out to be the music played by Kaneland Youth Orchestra at Kaneland Harter Middle School.

“One of the parents told me that there were two hundred kids, parents and grandparents standing in the gym listening to the Kaneland Youth Orchestra. They also mentioned that the group of middle school students of the orchestra sounded like they had been practicing and playing together for years,” said Baker.

There were many events that the board members were pleased with. They noticed that they ran out of pop, water and nachos at the John Shields Elementary School cafe, and the cake walk was such a success that they ran out of cake as well.

Youngsters were drawn to Santa at the event, and were able to tell him the toys on their Christmas list and pose for a photo with him. The board members of Holiday in the Grove are already thinking of the different items and volunteers they need for next year.

For instance, they received several requests on comment cards to bring back the horse drawn carriage rides that they had in years past. The volunteer they had for that event retired, along with his horses. The board members are also in need of a secretary for their board since Julie Wilson retired this year.

If you are interested in helping with the event next year, you can contact President Diana Baker at or visit for details on their board meetings.