Have a ‘Merry and Bright’ time at Window Opening

With the theme, “Merry and Bright,” Sabetha’s annual Window Opening is set for 5:30 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 29. The Sabetha Chamber of Commerce is bringing back old traditions to the event, including the Community Christmas Tree and Window Reveal.

Beginning at 9 a.m., businesses will reveal their decorated windows. People can vote for their favorite decorated window by dropping change into the small Christmas house located inside the participating business. All donations will benefit Kids Kloset.

Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree will take place at 5:30 p.m. The tree will be located on the southwest corner of Main and Washington streets near the United Bank and Trust drive-up location. Members of the public are invited to make weather resistant ornaments for the tree. Children at Sabetha Elementary School already have decorated ornaments in art class and are invited to place the ornament on Nov. 29, or anytime after. The Chamber invites parents or community members to take pictures of their children placing their ornaments on the tree, then posting it on Facebook with the child’s name and tagging Sabetha Chamber. Each child’s name will then be placed in a drawing for a Chamber Gift Card.

Throughout the evening, attendees can shop at downtown businesses, visit vendors along the downtown streets or at the Craft and Home Show at Sabetha City Hall, take a trolley ride and much more.

Decorated cardboard gingerbread houses, sponsored by Chamber businesses, will be on display at City Hall during Window Opening. After Window Opening, the gingerbread houses will be moved to the sponsoring business as a drop-off location for the Kids Kloset, which serves children up to age 18.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at City Hall by fire truck at 6 p.m., sponsored by Sabetha Chamber of Commerce. After their arrival, they will be available for photo opportunities inside the large commission room at City Hall, until 8 p.m. Photos are available by No Place Like Home/Miranda Livengood.

Stop by and visit two of Santa’s favorite reindeer. The reindeer will be at the southeast corner of Main and 11th streets, near Aberle Ford. Children can feed the reindeer a carrot and have their photos taken in Santa’s sled from 6 to 8 p.m.

A number of food vendors and opportunities are planned, including free hot dogs beginning at 6 p.m., at United Bank and Trust. A soup supper will be offered at the First United Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m.

Local music groups will provide musical entertainment. Sabetha High School Odyssey and Infinity will sing carols in front of City Hall at 6:15 p.m.

For an updated list of specials, activities and what vendors will be available, visit www.sabethachamber.com.

Give to Grow

Providing an opportunity for residents to give back locally, in conjunction with Window Opening, the Greater Sabetha Community Foundation will be hosting its walk-in Give to Grow charity drive from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 905 Main Street in downtown Sabetha. Through this campaign, matching funds are being offered for a number of charitable causes. See www.GivetoGrowDay.com for more information.

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