Holiday hometown fun planned for Saturday in Andes

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Andes — The historic little community of Andes is going all out on Saturday, Dec. 5 with special activities for those who live here and visitors alike to enjoy. The United Methodist Church on Lower Main will put on their annual Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Community Storytelling Troupe will tell holiday and seasonal tales at the Andes Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Bring the family to Bohlmann Park, adjoining the library, at 4 p.m. and watch Santa arrive on a fire truck. Enjoy the community tree-lighting and carol singing by all, with photo ops for the kids with Santa. The annual Open House homemade soup supper follows, compliments of the Andes Historical Society, a couple of doors down at The Hunting Tavern Museum at 288 Main Street. Clementine Vintage Clothing store will host an informal fashion show from 6 to 8 p.m. showcasing party dresses, men’s holiday attire, and retro snow bunny looks, accompanied by nostalgic Christmas tunes and eggnog!
Some of the community’s one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques and galleries are extending their hours until 8 p. m. on December 5 for the Holiday Stroll. Kabinett & Kammer will have on display part of Sean Scherer’s extensive selection, almost 1,000 in his entire collection, of antique Christmas ornaments dating from the late 1800s through the 1940s. He will also have some of them available for purchase. View the individually decorated spiral trees as you walk along Main Street and partake of the hospitality of our proprietors. Scott Hill of Delaware Trading Post, who encouraged the businesses to do something special to decorate Andes at Christmas time, talks about how the idea for the spiral trees developed: “We liked the idea of a sort of Dr Seussian spiral tree. Ed Wood, of Raddii, graciously agreed to engineer the project, cutting each of the tress out of sheets of Sintra, which essentially is PVC in flat form. This material can be stapled into and screwed into, and is waterproof — a perfect material for our harsh weather conditions.
Does the thought of visiting an overcrowded shopping mall pall on you? Craving that hometown, laid-back feeling while you do your holiday shopping? Leave alienation behind and come to nearby Andes where shop and gallery owners enjoy interacting with their customers and are proud of their unusual and often handmade gifts at great prices.
And remember, Woody’s Country Kitchen, Hogan’s General Store and The Andes Hotel are open every day for a snack or a meal.