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Enjoy a Christmas on the farm

By Staff | Dec 7, 2007

WALLINGFORD–Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow certainly is glistening.

And celebrating a Christmas on the Farm will allow everyone who attends to experience a little of what it was like for early Emmet County settlers on that midnight clear in late December.

The Emmet County Conservation Foundation’s seventh-annual Christmas on the Farm event will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Peterson Point Historic Farm on High Lake.

“Christmas on the Farm is just a chance for everyone to get out and step back in time, remember the meaning of Christmas and get away from the hustle and bustle,” said Emmet County naturalist Anita Fisher.

Several events are planned for the Sunday event. With as much snow as Emmet County has received in the last week, horse-drawn sleigh rides by Tom Hansen and his team from Armstrong are almost a given.

Inside the Peterson Point farmhouse, Christmas carols will be sung and organ music will fill the air. There also will be a make-and-take craft for children of all ages and Christmas goodies, many with a Scandanavian root, and hot apple cider and coffee available.

“It’s a chance for people to kind of transport themselves to an old-fashioned Christmas on the farm,” said Emmet County Conservation Board director Eric Anderson. “And to slow down.”

Christmas on the Farm also will give the public a first opportunity to see the new Emmet County Nature Center at Wolden Recreation Area, just north of the Peterson farm.

The building, while not officially opened to the public and limited business hours, will be open for viewing from noon-2 p.m. on Sunday.

Anderson was sure to advise there are several exterior projects at the nature center still under way and the conservation board office only started business there as of Nov. 1 so the building is a work in progress. But people are encouraged to visit the nature center. Most of the projects left to complete should be finished sometime next spring when a grand opening for the facility will be held.

The other draw to attending Sunday’s event is the chance to win one of the large Terry Redlin prints being raffled off as part of the Redlin Drive for the Emmet County Nature Center fundraising campaign.

The print, “Heartland Lights,” will be raffled off at 4 p.m. at the nature center. Tickets currently are on sale and can be purchased from any of the Emmet County Nature Center Foundation Board members and at Christmas on the Farm.

The fundraising campaign began earlier this year and the first of three large Redlin prints was raffled off during Sweet Corn Days in Estherville in August.

“This picture is something that would fit in, I think, anybody’s house just because of the environment, the nature, the season, the feelings–it’s just one awesome print,” said nature center foundation board chair Steve Weisman.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for a book of five.

There is no set charge to attend Christmas on the Farm; however, there will be a free-will offering taken with all proceeds raised benefiting the Emmet County Conservation Foundation to further the preservation of the farmstead.

Peterson Point Historic Farm is located 5 miles east of Wallingford on County Roads N40 and A34 on 450th Ave. Parking will be located at the farm for this event.

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