Story City Yulefest Festivities

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Story City Yulefest Festivities

Downtown Yulefest Lights

Yes! Story City citizens can rejoice in knowing that there will be a Story City Traditional Christmas Tree in the intersection of Broad Street and Pennsylvania Avenue this year! Unfortunately, the Yulefest Lights will not illuminate the skyline of our main street buildings this holiday season. Historically, the Yulefest Lights have utilized the poles at the intersection of Broad and Pennsylvania for their multiple power sources. But the new light poles are incompatible as a lighting source. Re-establishing the electrical compatibility will cost a significant sum that we currently do not have available. The GCC Design Committee is working diligently to find the funds to return the skyline Yulefest Lights to our downtown for next year’s Yulefest celebration. Our local businesses and building owners have given very generously over the years, and we thank them as always. Thank you for your understanding. We are also asking Story City citizens to make a donation for the skyline lighting project. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Tree Lighting. “Making it all happen” in Story City!

—by Connie Phillips, GCC Design Chair

Tree Lighting

Story City citizens can now rejoice in knowing that there will be a Traditional Christmas Tree in downtown Story City at the intersection of Broad Street and Pennsylvania Avenue this year! The tree lighting celebration will be held on November 29. Please join us at 5:15 p.m. as we carol around the tree. The Christmas Tree will be illuminated at 5:30 pm! We look forward to seeing everyone at this joyous tradition in the heart of Story City. The Fire Department’s Chili Supper will immediately follow the tree lighting.

Chili and Soup Supper at Fire Station

Firefighters support and protect us year round so this is your chance to support them and have some fun! Don’t miss the Chili and Soup Supper served by our very own Story City Volunteer Fire Department on Friday, November 29th following the tree lighting at the Story City Fire Station. The supper is a free-will donation and funds collected will be used to help purchase new equipment for the department, to help keep our Story City residents safe. And you better be good because Santa will be at the fire station for the kids to stop and visit. They will also be able to decorate their own cookie. This will be the kick off for the 2014 Fire Department Calendars as well. You can purchase one for $15 or in multiples for $10 each. ALL proceeds for this fundraiser will go directly to the fire department. So make sure you stop by for chili or soup and purchase your calendar – it will make a great Christmas gift!

Annual Tour of Homes to be held

The 2013 Story City Yulefest Tour of Homes will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Homes featured this year include Jim and Judy Handsaker, 1270 Northridge Road (sponsored by Hook & Eye Questers); Dan and Pat Seitsinger, 513 Sunrise Avenue (sponsored by P.E.O Chapter FZ); and Ray and Rhonda Hampton, 1411 River Hills Drive (sponsored by Praeri Rail Trail Questers).

Tickets are $6 each and may be purchased at the Chamber Office, 524 Broad Street, Nucara Pharmacy, 621 Broad Street, from any Quester or P.E.O. Chapter FZ member or at any of the homes on tour days.

The Story City Historical Society will be serving complimentary refreshments at the Bartlett Museum, 619 Grand Avenue, during the tour hours.

Story Theater Grand Opera House to celebrate 100 years!

The Story Theater Grand Opera House, 512 Broad Street, in Story City, will be 100 years old this December and to commemorate this special milestone owner Todd Thorson, along with Veronica Skaar and other members of Judge Story’s Theatrical Troupe, will be presenting a special variety program/concert on Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to be a part of this special celebration, either as a performer with a “hidden” talent to share or as a volunteer to assist with the event, is asked to contact either Veronica at 460-3349 or Todd at 733-4551, 290-4011 or 733-4318 by December 1.

A social gathering is being planned prior to the show, with a post-concert party also in the works. This event is being planned as a semi-formal affair. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale the first part of December and will be made available at the Story Theater or Story City Herald, 511 Broad Street, during normal business hours. Further details will be forthcoming.

Proceeds from this special evening will go to the Story Theater Historical Foundation and the digital motion picture conversion project that is needed in order for the historical theater to stay operating. Plan now to attend this once in a lifetime event!

Christmas at the Story City Outlet Mall

Come and have your picture taken with Santa on November 30th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Story City Outlet Mall. Kids can decorate cookies, play games and visit with Santa. Parents can enter a drawing to win prizes from mall stores. The event is free, so come out and start the Christmas season with us. Photographs will be provided by Photography By Danny.

Yulefest Kids and Family Day

The holiday season is upon us! Story City’s Yulefest is a time of family celebration. Each year the GCC sponsors a special Yulefest Kids and Family Day. Please join us on December 7 at Carousel Lanes for a fun filled day. Carousel Lanes is a bowling, social meeting and dining establishment located at 215 W. Broadway, Story City. The “Elves Workshop” will be from 9 am to 11 am. The Elves Workshop consists of children’s arts and crafts for ages 2 through elementary. The Elves Workshop is a free event; however, due to its popularity and limited space, reservations are required. Please call the GCC office at (515) 733-4214 to make your Elves Workshop reservations. “Lunch With Santa” will follow at the Carousel Lanes from 11 am to 1 pm. (You are responsible for purchasing your own lunch at Carousel Lanes). Santa will make an appearance and will be available to hear your Christmas gift wishes. “Family Bowling” will follow from 1 pm to 3 pm. (Bowling is $1.50 per person). I look forward to seeing everyone at this fun-filled family event.

Story City Shopping

The holiday season is an incredible opportunity to connect with family, friends and your local community. Be sure to connect with the many downtown and local Story City businesses as you shop and celebrate this holiday season. Story City businesses are an excellent venue to find that special gift or your many holiday supplies and decorations. Supporting local businesses keeps the profits in town, supports local jobs and families and provides a stable economic foundation. A vibrant downtown is a symbol of community economic health, local quality of life, pride and community history that retains and creates jobs and a strong tax base that affects your property values, your schools, your public services and your parks. Please support our Story City retailers each and every day. “Making it all happen” in Story City!

Historical Society’s Holiday Celebration and Scavenger Hunt

We are happy to announce that the Bartlett House Museum will be a bonus stop on this year’s Tour of Homes. This Queen Anne style home will be fully decorated for Christmas with vintage ornamentation. In addition to the antique decorations throughout the home, there will also be several of Sandy Jacobson’s Christmas trees and collections of ornaments on display. The Bartlett House Museum will be open from 1-4 p.m. on December 7th and 8th.

Visitors to the Bartlett House will also be able to partake in a 12 Days of Christmas themed scavenger hunt. Images representing the gifts in the song will be placed throughout the house. Participants who find all 12 images will be entered in a drawing. The winner will receive a Story City themed gift basket.

Complimentary refreshments will be served. A variety of gift items will also be for sale, including pecans, rosemaling, and books. Please stop in for a visit and try your luck at the scavenger hunt!

—by Kate Feil, Story City Historical Society Director

Christmas Extravaganza

Story City Dance Program’s annual Christmas Extravaganza will be December 7th, at 4p.m. and will be held at Harvest E-Free Church. This show is a holiday tradition the whole family can enjoy! Live music will accompany our dancers and singers as they ring in the Christmas season. Forty local performers will take to the stage in a one hour variety show. Thanks to the Story City Parks & Recreation Department, this year’s performance will be free of charge.