Weekend features holiday highlights
Welcome in the holiday season this weekend with a Christmas tree lighting in Delavan, parades in Whitewater and Woodstock, Ill., and a program in Burlington on the stories behind Christmas carols. And don't forget our holiday giving calendar below for that warm feeling in your heart.
Christmas tree lighting at Tower Park, Nov. 29, Delavan.
Happy Holly Days Parade, Nov. 29, Whitewater.
Holiday Dinner Theater: “Little Women,” Nov. 29-30, with seatings at 7 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Performance features this Christmas drama in the 150-year-old Caldwell Farmers' Club Hall, Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 67, Eagle. (262) 594-6301, www.oldworldwisconsin.org
Make a Swag at 1 p.m. or decorate a wreath workshop, at 10 a.m., Nov. 30. Create an arragement for the holidays at the Burlington Garden Center, 5205 Mormon Road, Burlington. Register at (262) 763-2153, burlingtongardencenter.com
Craft show, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St., Lake Geneva. Hand-crafted and vintage gifts plus free admission. (262) 248-6060, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wine tasting, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., AeppelTreow Winery, 1072 288th Ave., Burlington. (262) 496-7508, www.burlingtonchamber.org
Gordy's Wine Tasting, Nov. 30, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with more than 60 wines, beers and spirits, in the Boat House and Sail Loft at Gordy's Marine, 320 Lake St., Fontana. (262)275-1570, email@example.com
Downtown Holiday Open House, Nov. 30, in Delavan.
Christmas program, Dec. 1, at 1:30 p.m., hosted by the Burlington Historical Society at Veterans Terrace, 589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. Rochelle Pennington presents “Stories Behind Our Most Loved Christmas Hymns and Carols.” Free event. Refreshments served.
Wine tasting, Dec. 1, from noon to 4 p.m., AeppelTreow Winery, 1072 288th Ave., Burlington. (262) 496-7508, www.burlingtonchamber.org
Christmas parade, Dec. 1, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Parade around the Square in Woodstock, Ill. officially heralds Santa's arrival. Call the Opera House (815) 338-4212 for special holiday program information and visit the Christmas Tree Walk set up in the Opera House's Community Room. www.woodstockilchamber.com
• Through Dec. 1: Donate for the Walworth County Social Services Toy Drive, at Posh Threads Consignment Boutique, 148 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. Donate new toys or teen gifts and receive 20 percent off.
• Through Dec. 13: The CSI Walworth County Sunday food and toy drive now is collecting donations of unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 13. In past years, donations have gone to local groups such as Twin Oaks Homeless Shelter. Donations can be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CSI Media office is located at 120 S. Wright St., Delavan. For more information, call (262) 728-3424.
• Through Dec. 14: Matheson Memorial Library is sponsoring a collection of hats, scarves and mittens for those in need in the Elkhorn area. Items can be handmade or purchased and all sizes, baby through adult, are needed. Take donations to the library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, by Dec. 14. Items will be distributed through several local organizations.
• Through Dec. 30: Help the homeless animals at Lakeland Animal Shelter and, at the same time, reduce your overdue library fines at the Aram Public Library in Delavan. Bring in pet food (both canned and dry) and clay cat litter for the animal shelter. In exchange for your donation, we'll reduce your overdue fines. This program does not apply to fees for lost or damaged items. Donations accepted even if you do not have overdue materials.
• Through Jan. 4: The Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce is collecting new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's "The Big Bundle Up" campaign. This statewide collection program runs through Jan. 4. A box will be located in 175 Valley View Drive, Fontana (inside the Fontana Village Hall) for donors to drop off warm clothing items. All items donated at this location will be given to Twin Oaks Homeless Shelter and local area churches.
• The Walworth County Visitors Bureau also is inviting residents to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items at a colllection box in the Visitors Center, 2375 E. Geneva St. (at Lake Lawn airport)_in Delavan. All items donated at this location will be given to the Walworth County Homeless Shelter and Twin Oaks.
„ Old World Wisconsin is participating in The Big Bundle Up for the third time. Last year's program collected more than 17,000 items. A donation box is located inside the museum during holiday events, at W372 S9727 Wisconsin Highway 67 in Eagle. (262) 594-6300.