Entertainment announced for Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 2015 Christmas Fantasy November 13-16

Pictured is a scene from last year’s Friday Night “Tingle ‘n Mingle” event. The “Ring In the Holidays” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon next weekend, November 13-16 and is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 2015 Christmas Fantasy will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 13-16 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Ring In the Holidays.”  In addition to the nearly 70 decorated Christmas trees on display, this years’ event will again offer many, shopping opportunities.
Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday evening Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event, and the moon luncheons.  
The luncheons are sponsored again this year by the Allamakee County Cattlemen’s Association and will be held Saturday, November 14 at 12 noon, and again Monday, November 16 at noon. A full meal will be served and entertainment will be provided at both events. At the Saturday luncheon, guests will enjoy entertainment by pianist Betty Maslo. Alaine Meier will be the pianist entertaining at the Monday luncheon, followed by some members of the Waukon High School band directed by JoAnn Sherman. All guests will have ample time to view all of the displays at the event. Reservations can be made by calling 563-568-6262. The Saturday luncheon offers more room to stroll around and view the trees and is a great option for enjoying the Fantasy on the weekend with friends and family from out of town.
A special wine, cheese and dessert event sponsored by the Eagle’s Landing Winery of Marquette will be held Saturday, November 14.  Call 563-568-4177 for reservations or to decorate and host a table. The cost includes refreshments, viewing of the decorations, musical entertainment and wine compliments of Eagles Landing Winery. Entertainment will be provided by Leisl Schutte.   
The Friday evening “Tingle ‘N Mingle” event will be held Friday, November 13 from 5-8 p.m. and is sponsored by Four County Ag of Postville. This event is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers after work. Many tables of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees throughout the evening and will be catered by B.E. Catered, Jim and Charlene Baxter and Mary Engrav. Special holiday entertainment that evening will include Rev. Susan Klimstra, Lane Rich, Tim and Lindsey Lund and Arturo Barreda. Tickets for this event can be purchased at Veterans Memorial Hospital or from any local bank. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Sunday, children will be given a special chance to see the Fantasy, plus have a visit with Santa Claus. Story telling will add to the excitement. Katie Hennessy of Coté Color Photography will be on hand for a holiday Christmas card/picture opportunity for children with Santa Claus. These photos will be available for purchase.
The 2015 Christmas Fantasy event will be open to the public Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons. Entertainment Sunday afternoon will feature area children’s choirs including the St. John’s Lutheran Children’s Choir and the St. Pat’s School Choir, piano students of Lois Fossum, Lane Rich, Lindsey Lund and Tim Lund.
Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. Marcia Hesse’s Bright Beginning’s pre-kindergarten class will be performing for  area nursing home residents attending the Fantasy as well as the public.
Christmas treats and cider will be offered during these public showings. Preschool children enter the Fantasy free of charge, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Numerous items will be available for purchase through a silent auction that will continue over the course of this four-day event. These door and wall decorations, centerpieces, gift baskets, chairs, quilts and mini-trees will be sold by silent auction with the highest bidder winning the purchase at 7 p.m.  Monday evening, November 16. Until that closing time, bidders can return, free of charge, to the Fantasy and raise their bid.
The “Ring In the Holidays” Christmas Fantasy is planned and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, including Sue Blagsvedt, Wayne Burk, Jane Dietrich, Jackie Halverson, Kevin Hanson, Randy Hesse, Amy Coté-Hill, Gloria Krambeer, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Dennis Lyons, Ann Roed, Nancy Schoh, Nona Sawyer and Bill Shafer, assisted by Kim Sylvester, Karen Swenson, Julie Thompson and Pat Pettingill.
Call the numbers listed above to make reservations for the Saturday and Monday Fantasy Luncheons, or for the Saturday night Wine, Cheese and Dessert event.
For more information on the Christmas Fantasy, call Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation member Gloria Krambeer (563-568-3182), or Erin Berns at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.