Monday, December 8, 2008

Ugh I missed this... I totally want to go next year!

Weihnachtsfest - Biwabik's Winter Lighting Festival - held the first Saturday in December, has been part of the town's holiday tradition for the past 18 years. Activities commence at 11 a.m. with a children's musical presented by area youth. You can stroll down Main Street checking out craft tables at the local church, Senior Center and the Bavarian-themed City Hall Complex.Near the town's Carl Schuster Memorial Park, step up to the Weihnachtsfest Candy Haus, where boxes of homemade sweets are for sale. You can also purchase tickets here for horse-drawn trolley rides through town. Lunch at the Park Pavilion features the region's ethnic specialties: sarmas (meat and rice rolled in cabbage leaves), pasties (similar to a hot meat pie) and Italian beef sandwiches - all accompanied by music, perhaps a local polka band or the high school jazz ensemble. Later, browse the bake-sale tables for homemade cookies, cardamom bread and Slavik potica (a walnut-filled sweet bread). At 6 p.m. everyone gathers by the park gazebo to sing carols and watch as the switch is flipped and the entire park is instantly set aglow with sparkling white lights. Afterward, fireworks illuminate the dark winter sky.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

It sounds very Mayberry.. But very cool and fun!