“Through the Eyes of A Child” Christmas Fantasy scheduled for this weekend

Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy is this weekend.. A view from the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy 2018. The 2019 Fantasy, entitled “Through the Eyes of A Child,” will be displayed throughout the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon November 15-18. Again this year, many displays, events, activities, refreshments and entertainment will be available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 28th annual event. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2019 will be held this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 15, 16, 17 and 18, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Through the Eyes of A Child.”

The “Tingle ‘N Mingle” Happy Hour is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers.  Over a dozen tables of hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees from 5-8 p.m. Friday night.  The event is sponsored by Four County Crop Services of Postville. Tickets are available at Veterans Memorial Hospital and local banks, as well as at the door.

The Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event scheduled for Saturday evening, November 16 is sponsored by Eagle’s Landing Winery of Marquette, the Empty Nest Winery of Waukon and Madigan Winery of Lansing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for this event as seats are limited and can be made by calling 563-568-4177. The cost includes refreshments, dessert, viewing of the decorations, and entertainment.

Two special Christmas Fantasy Luncheons sponsored by the Allamakee Cattlemen’s Association will be offered Saturday, November 16 and Monday, November 18. Call 563-568-6262 to make a reservation for either of the luncheons. The Monday luncheon is currently very full, but the Saturday luncheon has more room to stroll around and view the trees and is a great option for enjoying the Fantasy with friends and family from out of town.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, November 17, children will be given a special chance to see the Fantasy, plus have a visit with Santa Claus himself! Story telling by Sue Kiesau will add to the excitement. Katie Hennessey 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 2019 event will be open to the public Saturday, November 16, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, November 17, from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and sponsored by Thrivent Financial, and Monday, November 18, from 2-7 p.m., offering entertainment from area choirs and artists.  Complimentary Christmas treats and cocoa will be available during public showings.

A silent auction on a number of donated items will be available throughout the weekend, with the highest bidder winning the purchase of the item when the auction ends at 7 p.m. Monday evening, November 18. Until that closing time, bidders can return, free of charge, to the Fantasy and raise their bid.   All silent auction items are decorated and donated to the Foundation.

The 28th Annual Christmas Fantasy is planned and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, including Rose Beardmore, Sue Blagsvedt, Amy Cote’, Jane Dietrich, Mitch Duncklee, Jackie Halverson, Kevin Hanson, Ardie Kuhse, Bev Larson-Needham, Craig Lensing, Jay Mathis, Nona Sawyer, Nancy Schoh, Breanna Sommer, Kevin Stinn, Kim Sylvester, Matt Teslow and Kay Zimmerman, assisted by Karen Swenson, Julie Thompson and Pat Pettingill.

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