The holiday season has a divine way of bringing people together. In the spirit of fellowship and unity, organizers and planners from six churches prepare for the annual Holiday Hop on Nov. 17.
“Holiday Hop is a great way for us to bring people to Winterset,” explained Cheryl Bales, a Lutheran volunteer for the event. “It’s all about the fellowship. Everyone looks forward to the church visits, conversation and food — the fellowship of joining together.”
People with a passion for handmade crafts and treasures would feel like a kids on Christmas morning at any one of the seven stops along the way. Here’s how it works:
Start at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1120 N. Eighth Ave., for breakfast around 8:30 a.m., including homemade cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls, muffins, coffee and other baked goods. There, you will receive your punch card — sort of a passport for the day’s journey (and your entry into a drawing to win one of eight grand prizes at the end of the day). Then, after fueling up on coffee and pastries, start your Holiday Hop on down the road, following which ever path you choose including: First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson St.; First Baptist Church, 1305 W. Jefferson St.; Grace Baptist Church, 703 W. Green St.; First Christian Church, 103 W. Green St.; First United Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Green St.; and make sure you hit up St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1026 N. 8th Ave., for hot chicken salads or paninis for lunch. The hop ends at the Winterset Public Library, 123 N. Second St., where there will be a festive display of trees, wreaths and more, spangled in homemade craft ornaments and personal touches.
“The library joins as the final stop. They have holiday lights there, and they have people in town that have decorated wreaths and Christmas trees,” Bales says. “You can bid on them and all proceeds go to the library. The library also gives a wonderful basket of books to the drawing. I always look at it and say, ‘Oh I wish I could win that.’ ”
All through November the gifts being offered by all the churches will be on display in the front window of the Chamber office on the north side of the square. Holiday Hop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call (515) 462-3133 for more information.Spread the Word
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