It takes many people, businesses and organizations to create the Lighting Festival and we would like to take a moment to give thanks and appreciation.....
The 30th annual Lighting Festival in the Christmas Card Village of Taylors Falls took place the weekend of November 28-30. The turn out for this year’s activities was outstanding and we want to thank all who attended. This festival has truly become part of holiday traditions for many families, locally and from a distance. The community-at-large committee: Mark Adams, Carol Collins, Amy Danielson, Jason and Dee Fredlund, Julie Hildebrand, Larry and Deb Julik-Heine, Tana Havumaki, Juli Hobson, Kelly Jorgensen, Dr. Leo and Carol Nelson, Sheila Sandell, Linda Shober and Dr. Bill and Barb Young, planned the festival events and put hours of energy into setting it up, but it is always the cooperative effort of the committee, City of Taylors Falls, town businesses, organizations and all the volunteers who make the magic happen.
The financial support from local businesses is vital to the Lighting Festival and this year we would like to thank AB Closings and Financial Services; Angel Hill Apartments; Barb's Family Hair Care; Bernick's Pepsi-Cola; The BitWorks; Buchite & Associates; Central Bank; Coffee Talk; The Copy Shop; The Cottage B & B; Cynthia McLane Accounting; The Drive-In Restaurant; Eagle Valley Bank; The Eye; High Woods B & B; Keller Williams, Chain of Lakes Group; Linda Shober Designs and Images; Lorie's Hair Care; Marketplace Foods; Nostalgia with some Bling!; Old Jail B & B; Re/Max Muske Community Support Foundation; Rocky River Bakery; Royal Credit Union; St. Croix Regional Medical Center; The She Shop; Taylors Falls Bead Store; Taylors Falls Dental Clinic; The Timber Box; Walmart; Wannigan Point Cabins; Wild River Electric; Wild Mountain Ski Area and The Yarn Bank.
We would like to thank Julie Hildebrand who was the 2014 Royal Lady of the Village; the TF Volunteer Firemen for decorating the 30 lamp posts and hosting the demonstration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of TF’s Volunteer Fire Department; Carol Collins for opening her home for people to enjoy and the volunteers who acted as host; Christmas at the 1855 Folsom historic site chaired by Chad Thurman, decorated by organizations and businesses, and the house hosts; Sheila Sandell, the other third grade teachers, and the third graders for their amazing firefighter themed exhibit; Pleasant Valley Cloggers; Jim Walker and Marilyn Mays for their delightful production of “A Christmas Quilt”; everyone who participated in the Advent Choral Vespers: choral director Marty Harding, pianist Pat Remer, Don and Julie Karsky, Rolf Larson, Luanne Kleppe, Amy Leo, the community chorus and representatives from the area churches who read scripture; Joyce Staley for organizing the Holiday at the Depot Arts & Craft Sale; Taylors Falls Historical Society for organizing the Wassail Party Craft Fair and their logging exhibit; the Taylors Falls Historical Society for their exhibit, the United Methodist Church Outreach committee for the SERRV International Gift Sale; The Eye for hosting the poetry event and Tangled up in Blue and Wild Mountain Winery for hosting the wine tasting and appetizer fundraiser for the Lighting Festival.
Thanks also to Mike Kris of the Public Works Department for putting up No Parking signs and being of great help in so many ways; Sergeant Shane Carroll, Sheriff Rick Duncan and other members of the Chisago County Sheriff’s Department for vehicle redirection and safety during the Friday parade along with the Taylors Falls CERT team; to John Coffey from Coffee Talk for turning on the Christmas Lights; TF Lions for being the parade starters and to the Lions and CERT for providing pedestrian safety at the parade; Deb Julik-Heine the parade organizer, and all the parade participants with so many lighted units; Bill Young’s emceeing of the parade; Santa and elves, Mrs Claus, the Public Library; Tim Tougas for driving the tractor drawn wagon rides; Jim Albee for his horse and wagon rides both Friday night and Saturday and First Evangelical Lutheran Youth Group for goodies at Santaland.
Thank you St. Croix Valley Brass for entertaining at Santaland; to Wade and Carol Vitalis for allowing Santaland in their building and the Almelund fire department for providing one of their trucks for lighting; face painting and balloon animals by Darlene and Ben Romportl at Schoony’s and to Mary Murphy and Tana Havumaki for writing clues for the second Medallion Hunt. 250 luminaries were assembled, placed by Larry and Deb Julik-Heine and lit by the boy scouts along both sides of Bench Street. Bingo was run by Jason and Dee Fredlund and their efficient team
We thank Linda Shober for her graphic designs; St. Croix Valley Machine for designing and manufacturing this years ornament; the many area newspapers for publishing articles and the reporters who wrote about the Royal Ladies; the generous local Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls business sponsors and the overall financial sponsors of the weekend event.
Please forgive us if we have not mentioned you by name. We thank every person who helped make the festival a success. It cannot be done without the help of MANY elves. It is our hope that each family that attended the 2014 Lighting Festival left with great memories, pictures and the start of a new holiday tradition.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014
1-8pm Holiday at the Depot Arts and Crafts Sale, Memorial Community Center. Perfect for holiday gift giving! Paintings, fine craft, jewelry, goat milk products and more.
3-8pm 1869 E.W. Murphy Holiday House, $3 or kids 6-17 $1. An historic, private home is decorated and open to the public for self guided tours. Will close for parade 5:45 to 6:45.
4-8pm Taylors Falls Historical Society Logging Exhibit, Memorial Community Center (downstairs Visitor Center)
4-8pm Christmas at the 1855 Folsom House, $3 or kids 6-17 $1. Rooms are decorated by area designers and businesses
4-8pm 3rd Grade Exhibit at the Town School House, free. These kids make the most amazing dioramas! You must see these creative creations!
5pm Chili, hot dogs, bonfire and live music at St. Joseph’s Church.
5pm Booya at Romaynes, $5
5:30 Pleasant Valley Cloggers at the She Shop. An annual favorite.
6pm Grand Lighting of Village & Santa Parade. A truly unique and special experience! If you're interested in being in the parade (we love family floats and dogs!) please contact us for information.
AFTER THE PARADE - 6:30 to 8:00 Don't leave after the parade - we're just getting started!
Santa at Santaland - Brass band & surprises at Santaland - Mrs. Claus reading to children at the library - 3rd Grade exhibit at the Town House School - Face painting & animal balloons at Schoony's - Judging of outdoor light displays - Free tractor and horse pulled wagon rides outside Coffee Talk - Kettle Korn at the Town House School - Arts at the Depot - Food and drink at Taylors Falls restaurants - visit the Folsom and Holiday Houses
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Stroll the downtown and visit the businesses
9-3pm Wassail Party Craft Fair and real Swedish food, Memorial Community Center & Town House School. A family tradition for many. Wide variety of crafts to choose from, Swedish Egg Coffee and Swedish Meatballs! Baked goods.
9-3pm Taylors Falls Historical Society Logging Exhibit, Memorial Community Center (downstairs Visitor Center)
9:30-12:30 Visit the historic Taylors Falls Library. An historic gem in Taylors Falls.
10am Medallion Hunt - clues every half hour on Facebook and the town board. $100 cash prize for the lucky winner!
10-2pm Taylors Falls Fire Department Open House. Come and celebrate their 100th anniversary! Food and beverages. Demonstrations. They will show you their trucks and how they work! Weather permitting, they will have a jaws-of-life demo and show how to put out a car fire! Rappelling demo!
10-4pm 1869 E.W. Murphy Holiday House, $3 or kids 6-17 $1. A private home is decorated and open to the public for self guided tours.
10-7pm Bazaar and Bake Sale at 1861 Methodist Church. Something for everyone.
11-4pm Christmas at the 1855 Folsom House, $3 or kids 6-17 free. Rooms are decorated by area designers and businesses
12:30-2:30pm Free Horse Drawn Wagon rides. Rides depart outside of Coffee Talk.
1pm "A Christmas Quilt" by Marilyn Mays and Jim Walker, 1861 Methodist Church, $2 admission, kids free. This family favorite will surely put you in the mood for Christmas.
4:30pm Ecumenical Vespers for all at 1861 Methodist Church. This choral Vespers is truly special with a variety of music selections from African to traditional carols.
6:30pm Family Bingo for cash and prizes!! Community Center. $15 for 20 games. $1 for each additional. Refreshments.
7:00pm NEW!! Poetry Reading and Spoken Word at The Eye! Free. Bring your original work or share a favorite. The performance space is located in The Eye (entrance is on the SE side of the brick building on the corner). Performers should register here.
7:30pm Hans Brinker at Festival Theater, St. Croix Falls
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
1-4pm Christmas at the Folsom House $3 with kids 6-17 $1. Rooms are decorated by area designers and businesses.
2-4 pm Delicious wine tasting and appetizers at Tangled up in Blue with Wild Mountain Winery, donations benefit the Lighting Festival.
2pm Hans Brinker at Festival Theater, St. Croix Falls
4pm NEW!!! GIANT COMMUNITY BONFIRE!! At the vacant lot north of the Drive-In. We want it BIG so bring any untreated wood during the week leading up to the Lighting Festival. It's time to clean out your scrap pile, pile your untreated wood, old wood furniture, etc. inside the marked area. Feel free to bring your own chairs and picnic/beverage. When we've had enough, stay around to watch the fire department put out the fire!
The Lighting Festival in the Christmas card village of Taylors Falls has become the largest winter holiday festival in our area, one filled with magic and fun for the whole family. It cannot be done without our financial sponsors; we would like to recognize the following organizations, businesses and individuals who make this festival possible.
The Lighting Festival Elves, City of Taylors Falls, Lions Club, TF Fire Department, TF 3rd graders, CERT, AB Closings and Financial Services; Angel Hill Apartments; Barb's Family Hair Care; Bernick's Pepsi-Cola; The BitWorks; Buchite & Associates; Central Bank; Coffee Talk; The Copy Shop; The Cottage B & B; Cynthia McLane Accounting; The Drive-In Restaurant; Eagle Valley Bank; The Eye; High Woods B & B; Keller Williams, Chain of Lakes Group; Linda Shober Designs and Images; Lorie's Hair Care; Marketplace Foods; Nostalgia with some Bling!; Old Jail B & B; Re/Max Muske Community Support Foundation; Rocky River Bakery; Royal Credit Union; St. Croix Regional Medical Center; The She Shop; Taylors Falls Bead Store; Taylors Falls Dental Clinic; The Timber Box; Wannigan Point Cabins; Wild River Electric; Wild Mountain Ski Area and The Yarn Bank.