DELANO, MN – Music, food, and shopping is on the schedule all day at Old-Fashioned Christmas Dec. 2 in downtown Delano. The event starts at 10 a.m. throughout the downtown, and the event continues until Noel caroling ends around 9 p.m. The Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture is bringing the event to Delano for the ninth year to start the holiday season.
A 20-foot lighted Christmas tree located in front of Delano City Hall will be the centerpiece for the day’s activities.
The Delano Senior Center and City Hall, Community Education building, and Heritage Center will all be open for food, music, and fun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. These locations will host local choirs and musicians providing seasonal music. Traditional ethnic food samples available for tasting will be in the Senior Center activity room and Heritage Center.
The Delano Public Library, Love INC-Heartland, the Crow Folks Art House, and the Jerome building, as well as downtown shops, will also be open for visitors.
The Delano Senior Center Choir will start the music at 10 a.m., followed by the Delano United Methodist Church Choir at 10:30 a.m. A wind ensemble from Delano Middle School will entertain at 11:15 a.m. and the newly formed Delano Community Band will perform at 11:45 a.m. The Delano High School singers of Sound Revolution will vocalize at 12:30 p.m. and the St. Maximillian Kolbe School Choir will perform at 1 p.m. All of this music will be in the Senior Center, although Sound Revolution has been known to entertain throughout the downtown area.
Small groups of wind or string high school musicians will play in a variety of locations.
Tastings of traditional ethnic holiday foods will be offered in the Senior Center activity room and the Heritage Center. There will be Danish aebelskivers, Mexican fried tacos, Polish perogies, Jamaican rum cake, lefse from Norway, and German poppy kuchen. Boy Scouts will serve cider, cocoa, and coffee near a warming barrel on Second Street.
Following the Old Fashioned Christmas costume parade at 2 p.m., the Old World Market will take over the streets. Vendors will be selling quilted table runners and baby quilts, hand-knitted shawls, baby sweaters and hats, and embroidered towels. There will be hand-thrown ceramics and beeswax candles. Also sold at the Market will be honey, jams/jellies, baked goods, canned goods, nuts, beets, sauerkraut, and popcorn.
The Market will have beer by Lupine Brewing Company and brats and hot dogs off the grill outside of Bonde Bistro. Crow Folks Art House will have a table for visitors to make natural biodegradable ornaments to hang on the community Christmas tree.
Musical entertainment will start in the Old World Market area at 2 p.m. Strolling accordionist, Bill Koncar, will perform between the Market and Bonde Bistro until 5 p.m. Koncar is best known for his appearances in many upper Midwest German restaurants.
Then, 4/4 Jazz will take over near the Christmas tree from 5 to 7 p.m. Led by vocalist Penny Koets, the musicians play drums, bass and keyboards. Both Penny and husband Jason Koets are music teachers.
In addition to musical acts, The Minnesota Krampus will be in and out of the Old World Market from 2 to 7 p.m. The members of Krampus are costumed as creatures from an older tradition from European Alpine areas. Traditionally, they came from the mountain passes and represented the harshness and wilderness of winter. They are dressed in fur with wooden masks surmounted by horns. Groups are often paired with St. Nikolas, an early Christian bishop, who serves as the symbol of goodness and hope.
Bonde Bistro will begin serving an old-fashioned Danish holiday dinner at 3 p.m. The menu will include frikadeller, Danish meat balls paired with fingerling potatoes in a parsley cream sauce, and braised red cabbage. Reservations will be accepted at (763) 972-2688. At 7 p.m., at the Old World Market, Fr. Nathan LaLiberte will bless the keg of Lupine Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale. The double bock ale, which has been aged in J.Carver apple brandy barrels, will then be tapped and available for sale.
Caroling at the Noel Pub Crawl will start in Bonde Bistro at 7:30 p.m. and move to Lupine Brewing Company on River Street, ending at Dave’s Town Club around 9 p.m. Songbooks will be available and carolers will be accompanied by guitar.
Browse the Old World Market, make ornaments for the tree, catch the musical entertainment, and then join the community caroling throughout the downtown. Visit the Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture on Facebook or website at www.delanomnarts.org for more information.