With December rapidly approaching, thoughts and activities are turning toward Christmas. At Mennonite Heritage Village, preparations for our annual Touch of Christmas festival are the most obvious of those activities these days. Directors Wilmer Penner and Sheila Reid have volunteered their directing skills to bring this program together. A rehearsal schedule has been established, with a talented troupe of actors and actresses on board. Publicity posters have been designed, printed and hung in various community locations. If you haven’t already done so, mark your calendar for 6:30 p.m. on either December 2 or December 3 for this year’s festival. Each evening will again include an indoor drama and an outdoor nativity, as well as sleigh rides (beginning at 5:00 PM) and refreshments after the pageant.

Office Manager Marigold Peters reports that our Gift and Book Shop continues to be open for business Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. We still have a supply of great cookbooks to give as Christmas gifts. Mennonite Girls Can Cook is a bestseller this year, delighting scores of readers and promising to delight even more! The book contains lovely personal write-ups, stories about the recipes and their origins, great pictures, and of course lots of recipes for tasty food. This hardcover 208-page cookbook sells for only $24.99.

As well, two specialty products manufactured by Blue Sky Opportunities are currently in stock in our Gift Shop. Blue Sky Opportunities, Inc. is a non-profit organization in Altona which is committed to maximizing the independence of adults with intellectual disabilities, through employment and residential opportunities within their community. One of their employment programs includes the building of wooden crokinole boards and large wooden clothes-drying racks. Our Gift Shop has carried the crokinole boards for some time already, but the drying racks are a relatively new option for our shoppers. Each rack is a sturdy 36” collapsible wooden structure which comes in a box suitable for gift-giving. It requires assembly (instructions included), but the only tool needed is a # 6 Robertson screw-driver. A great “green” gift if you are considering ways to be more friendly to the environment.

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About the Author

Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.