Entertainment for Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation 27th Annual Christmas Fantasy announced; Reservations can be made now

Annual Christmas Fantasy scheduled for November 9-12 ... Reservations are now being accepted for the Christmas Fantasy Saturday and Monday Noon Luncheons and the Saturday Wine, Cheese and Dessert event. Pictured is a scene from last year’s Friday Night “Tingle ‘n Mingle” event. The “Never Stop Believing” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion November 9, 10, 11 and 12 and is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2018 will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 9, 10, 11 and 12, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme this year will be “Never Stop Believing.”

In addition to the nearly 60 decorated Christmas trees on display, this years’ event will again offer many, many shopping opportunities on the silent auction. Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday evening Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event, and the Noon luncheons.

The luncheons are sponsored again this year by the Allamakee County Cattlemen’s Association and will be held Saturday, November 10, at Noon, and again Monday, November 12, at Noon. A full meal will be served plus entertainment will be provided at both events.

At the Saturday luncheon, guests will enjoy entertainment by pianist Lane Rich. Kristie Roeder will be the pianist entertaining at the Monday luncheon, followed by some members of the Waukon High School band directed by JoAnn Sherman. All guests will have ample time to view all of the displays at the event.

Reservations can be made by calling 563-568-6262. The Saturday luncheon offers more room to stroll around and view the trees and is an option for enjoying the Fantasy on the weekend with friends and family from out of town.

Saturday evening, November 10 will feature a special wine, cheese and dessert event sponsored by the Eagle’s Landing Winery of Marquette, Empty Nest Winery of Waukon and also Madigan Winery of Lansing. Call 563-568-4177 for reservations or to decorate and host a table at that event. The cost includes refreshments, viewing of the decorations, musical entertainment, and wine compliments of Eagles Landing Winery, Empty Nest Winery and Madigan Winery. Entertainment will be provided by the Chord Busters.

The Friday evening “Tingle ‘N Mingle” will be held Friday, November 9 from 5-8 p.m. and is sponsored by Four County Ag Services and Four County Crop Services of Postville. This event is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers after work. Many tables of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees throughout the evening and will be catered by B.E. Catered. Special holiday entertainment that evening will include Russ Hagen. Tickets for this event can be purchased at Veterans Memorial Hospital or from all local banks. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, children will be given a special chance to see the Fantasy, plus have a visit with Santa Claus. Story telling with Sue Kiesau will add to the excitement. Katie Hennessy of Cote’Color Photography will be on hand for a holiday Christmas card/picture opportunity for children with Santa Claus.

These photos will be available for purchase.

The Christmas Fantasy 2018 event will be open to the public Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons. Sunday is sponsored by Thrivent Financial. Entertainment will feature St. John’s Lutheran Church Youth Choir and St. Patrick Catholic Church School Choir, as well as piano students of Lane Rich and Lois Fossum.
Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. Marcia Hesse’s Bright Beginning’s Pre-Kindergarten Class will be performing for the area nursing home residents attending the Fantasy, as well as the public. Christmas treats and cocoa will be offered during these public showings. Preschool children enter the Fantasy free of charge, but must be accompanied by an adult. There will be a small admission charge at the general viewings.

Numerous silent auction items will be available for purchase through a silent bid that will continue over the course of this four-day event. These door and wall decorations, centerpieces, gift baskets, chairs, quilts and mini-trees will be silent auctioned with the highest bidder winning the purchase at 7 p.m. Monday evening, November 12. Until that closing time, bidders can return, free of charge, to the Fantasy and raise their bid.

The 27th Annual Christmas Fantasy is planned and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, including Sue Blagsvedt, Amy Cote’, Dan Denk, Jane Dietrich, Jackie Halverson, Kevin Hanson, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Gail Prestemon, Jeanette Ruegnitz, Nona Sawyer, Nancy Schoh, Breanna Sommer, Matt Teslow and Kay Zimmerman, assisted by Kim Sylvester, Karen Swenson, Julie Thompson and Pat Pettingill. Call the numbers previously listed above to make reservations for the Saturday and Monday Fantasy Luncheons, or for the Saturday night Wine, Cheese and Dessert event.

For more information on the Christmas Fantasy, call Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation member Erin Berns at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

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