Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association (EMMA) is reaching for the stars with this year’s Holiday Extravaganza offering a wide range of activities from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25.

The Extravaganza theme for 2017 is Silent Stars Go By taken from Bess Streeter Aldrich’s short story of the same name. The work shares the story of Janet and her husband.

“In the story, Janet has taken ill and gone to bed. Life as she knew it was over. In spite of it being the holiday season, business at the family’s department store was not good,” explained EMMA President Kurk Shrader.

Janet comes to the conclusion she and her husband would not only lose the business but also their home. “In her troubled hours, an angel comes to her and she is reacquainted with her parents and reminded of the good times, the family times.”

She is reminded of what is truly valuable in her life – family, children and good memories.

“Mrs. Aldrich’s thought-provoking story is perfectly suited for Christmas and a good reminder to take stock of what is important for each of us,” Shrader said. “The Merchants Association is confident the activities planned for this year’s Holiday Extravaganza will help you embrace what is important while making new memories for you and your family.”

For those who enjoy a hearty breakfast, Elmwood Fire and Rescue members will be serving pancakes from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fire Hall. Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at the hall at 10 a.m. to greet youngsters and hear their Christmas wishes.

Fuel up for shopping and then head for the Elmwood-Murdock Backpack Craft Fair open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the elementary school, 400 West F St., Elmwood.

“Over 50 vendors will be displaying their wares. There will be concessioners serving sandwiches, hot dogs, bar cookies and drinks,” Shrader said. “There will also be activities for the children including a new photo booth and face painting.”

For more information about the craft fair, contact Myrna Bornemeier at 402-994-2685 or Cyndi Dwyer at 402-540-0251.

Crafters may also enjoy the new “Craft for a Cause” activity. Donate a decorated wreath between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at the community center. The wreaths will be judged by Candy Cane Lane customers, and then auctioned off at 6:45 p.m. at the Community Center, following the Starry Knight Parade that starts at 5:30 p.m. Line up for the parade starts at the City Park on Main Street.

This year’s parade grand marshals are Dean and Judy Douglas, who moved to Elmwood in October 1972.

“Dean worked for the NC+ Hybrid Seed Company in Lincoln for 40 years as a production manager,” Shrader said. “Judy started Elmwood’s Pre-School and ran that for eight years before joining Mary Kay Cosmetics. She has been with that company for 35 years.”

The couple’s greatest enjoyment, however, was designing and developing Dean and Judy’s Iris Patch on two acres north of Elmwood. “This year marked their 20th season of developing iris,” Shrader said. “Dean and Judy have loved their years on the acreage, but time has dictated the necessity for them to move to a townhouse in Lincoln.”

Visit Elmwood’s newest business, the Iron Horse Emporium, offering a wide variety of antiques and collectables. A ribbon cutting is scheduled at 11 a.m. Winners will receive EMMA bucks to spend.

An open house is also planned 2-4 p.m. at Title Tracts and Escrow. A ribbon-cutting for the business will be at 2 p.m. People are invited to stop at the office and register to win one of the drawings.

Burrows Tracts Office is also hosting a “Get in the Spirit Wine Tasting” event from 2-5 p.m. “Deer Springs Winery will be bringing many samples of your favorite wines to help bring out that holiday spirit,” Shrader said.

New clothing, signs and home décor will be showcased at Hardwood and Lace Boutique 1-5 p.m. in the Massage By Jolean building. A balloon artist will also be in the building 1-2 p.m. “Bring the kids in during this hour of balloon fun. Enjoy free balloons made into animals, superheroes and more,” Shrader said.

Stock up on holiday goodies without entering a kitchen by stopping at the Candy Cane Lane in the community building. You can be sure to find cookies, fudge, cupcakes and other sweet concoctions. Proceeds will be used to purchase a “Mommy and Me” swing for Elmwood Park.

Plenty of children’s activities are planned in town including a Winter Holiday Workshop for Kids. “While your parents shop at the craft show, join the library for some winter holiday fun with stories, arts and crafts, songs, games and a snack,” Shrader said.

Children will also enjoy meeting several animals from the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and learning about the zoo’s expansion plans.

Surely, no one will want to miss seeing the Live Nativity at Mark and Sondra Buell’s 3B Homestead, off of Highway 1 at 7603 298th St., Murdock. Gather your friends and walk through the barn 2-5 p.m. Nov. 25; 3-6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10th; and 3-6 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17. “Plan about 30 minutes for this fun Christmas adventure,” Sondra Buell said. “Experience the wondrous Christmas story as you walk through the barn and interact with the animals of the stable. See, touch, hear and observe them while learning about the baby who was wrapped in cloths and laid in the manger.”

Take the chill out of your bones by attending the soup supper 5-8 p.m. at the Community Center. “It’s a benefit for the Community Center so your free will offering will be appreciated,” Shrader said.

A special Community Memorial recognition will be held at 5:45 p.m. to honor Elmwood supporters who passed away during 2017. If you wish for a person to be honored, send the nominee’s name to kurkshrader@gmail.com.

Following the parade and wreath auction, the evening ends with a community celebration at The Quonset.

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