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Hook, Line and Sinker

Photo: Tony Hooker
Members of the Villa Grove Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. Pictured in front are Kristi Bird, Trisa Martin, and Jackie Wells. Pictured in back are Derek Johnson, Cassandra Eversole Gunter, Maddison Parkinson, and Patrica Floyd.

By Tony Hooker
How many times have you heard people complain that there’s nothing to do, here in the river city?

Well, I’m here to tell you that those whiners can stick a sock in it, especially for next week!

All next week, twenty businesses here in town will be displaying their themed Christmas Trees in their offices. The coolest thing is that you can actually bid on these masterpieces in a silent auction on November 27. It will be so cool to see how these talented folks bring their ideas to life. Luckily for me, Mrs. Hook, Line and Sinker is a master tree decorator, because if it was left up to me, it would be Charlie Brown city. 

Things will kick it up a notch starting on Thanksgiving day with the “sometimes annual” Chix in Training Turkey Trot fun run. There is no entry fee, but donations are accepted. This year, those awesome Chix have decided that all donations collected will be given to “Fear the Beard ‘’, my annual fundraiser to benefit the Mills Breast Cancer Center. The trot will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, so plan on getting there a little earlier than that for fun, fellowship and high jinks. 

If your household is like Hookerville, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after are designated feast and football days, but even I can only take so many famous turkey bowls. What’s a famous turkey bowl, you ask? Modeled after the colonel’s recipe, it’s a base layer of mashed potatoes, followed by turkey, followed by stuffing, followed by more turkey, followed by corn, followed by Mrs. HLS’s should be world famous green bean casserole, followed by more turkey, and finally by gravy. Lots of gravy! It’s not exactly keto, but it is a fine way to inspire a nap, cleverly disguised as “watching football”. 

Once you’ve emerged from your tryptophan induced food coma, you, or more likely the youngsters under your roof, will want to get to the Korner Beehive on Saturday 11/27 for a chance to have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 

Trisa’s Quilting Corner and more will be joining in on the fun, as they will be open from 9-6:30 on the 27. Over sixteen vendors are plying their wares inside the Quilting corner, and each one will be giving away some of their awesome creations. It’s a fantastic way to find a one-of-a-kind gift for your family, and to make the experience even cooler, the FFA will be offering hayrack rides to and from Trisa’s to the Library. What a great way to make a memory! 

Things will kick into high gear at noon, as the Gingerbread house decorating contest will kick off at the VFW, fresh cut Christmas Trees will be available for purchase at the plaza, and 20 vendors will be selling their creations at the Plaza. 

As the afternoon presses on, kids can ride the Chamber of Commerce’s Barrel train and the VGHS student council will be introducing them to a wide variety of games and activities, starting at 4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be taking those last-minute requests at the plaza from 4-6 p.m., so make sure the kids get their letters written and ready to drop off. 

The VGHS choir will be leading everyone in singing Christmas carols, and the first annual golf cart/utv/four-wheeler parade of lights will commence around 6. All participants will have a chance to win half of the total amount of entry fees collected. There will also be plenty of gift card giveaways, so you have a good chance of recouping your entry fees. 

Finally, at 6:30, the main event, the Christmas Tree Lighting itself will take place near the north end of Main Street. 

If all of this sounds like a shameless plug for the day, you’re right. It is. Our town will be alive with activities for folks of all ages, and I hope you find time to take part.

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