A favorite event returns for the young at heart as the holiday season is underway. Many folks like the Hometown Christmas as it has many of the traditional events associated with Christmas for many years.
So come this Friday night, on Dec. 11th, beginning at 5 p.m., one will see folks roasting marshmallows on the corner of City Hall under the supervision of the local Boy Scout troop; see folks stream into the Marcus Fire Department building to enjoy their favorite dish of chili (the guys and their better halves always having multiple selections); folks will hear Christmas carols being sung (hopefully with a fire near to warm them) and many will join in the fun as the Christmas spirit takes them over; and the other favorite street activity will be taking a ride in a sleigh pulled by the most beautiful horses in a decorative sleigh.
The younger set will definitely want to get their picture taken with Santa and relate to him what they want for Christmas. This year Santa will be situated in the Marcus Community building where folks will also enjoy Festival of Trees. The many decorated trees, usually number around 35 plus. Churches and civic organization sponsor trees with unique decorations to represent their theme.
For the last few years, kids have had a Christmas shopping mall where they can select gifts for family and friends for $5 and less. The gifts will also be wrapped for kids if they like.
There has been a Christmas Treasure Hunt where folks have followed hints where to find a key which will gain them access to win prizes. These are usually announced around 8 p.m. at the Fire Station. Lighting contest winners are also announced this evening.
In conjunction with this event, the Marcus for Progress Main Street are also asking for investments by local residents at five different levels. One may donate $25-$49 at the Jewel level; $50-$99 at the Bronze level; $100-$199 at the Silver level; $200-$350 for the Gold level; and $350 plus would be at the Platinum level. Checks may be sent to Marcus for Progress; P.O. Box 88. Marcus, Iowa 51035.
The office hours for this group is at City Hall on the main floor Monday and Wednesday from 1-4:30 p.m. You may ask Vangie Cowan who is the director to explain their purpose which basically is to help keep the economy of Marcus strong and help local existing businesses as well and to improve the physical aspects of Marcus.
Activities sponsored by this group include: Design and restoration of Main Street district; Family fun night and Hometown Christmas; Fourth of July fireworks; Marcus Bike ride, which gave away 60 helmets to kids; Keep Iowa Beautiful Grant to paint the local library, and to promote web site where community businesses are listed free.