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January 23, 2019

11/23/2018 9:55:00 AM
Along The Ad Routes
Mike Reilly
Co-Publisher/Sports Writer/Photographer

Dodgeville will be kicking off the season on "Small Business Saturday" with a FREE Movie at Dodge Theatre at 11:00 a.m. - Polar Express. It is asked that a non-perishable food item be brought to give to the Iowa County Food Pantry. Following the movie, Santa Claus will be at Cobblestone Coffee House for photos and to hear the youngsters tell their wishes for Christmas. That will be over a month from Christmas, so he will have plenty of time to get them everything on their list! Merchants will be having specials in their stores and participating businesses will be holding drawings. Santa's Elf will be going around town handing out candy canes and talking with kids too! There will be a Holiday Vendor and Craft Sale at Dodgeville High School from 9:00-2:00 and another one at the Masonic Temple. You can top off the day in the evening from 6-9 when there will be an Open Skate at Ley Pavilion at Harris Park. There are events going on the next two Saturdays too - all with assistance from the Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce!
There is still time to purchase a "tree" or some Memorial Lights on a tree for the "Tree Lighting Ceremony" to be held at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1 at the Iowa County Courthouse Pocket Park. There will be a lot of activities going on that day leading up to the lighting. The day starts with the Dodgeville Area Federated Woman's Club sponsored "Breakfast with Santa
& Mrs. Claus from 8:00-11:00 a.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church United Church of Christ. Then, at that same location, there will be a Live Nativity with hot chocolate and cookies inside from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Right next door, at the courthouse parking lot, will be Carriage Rides around Dodgeville. The Dodgeville High School Girls' Choir will perform during the Live Nativity and at the tree lighting ceremony that takes place at 6:00 p.m. There will also be kids' activities, including writing "Letters to Santa" at Cobblestone Coffee House from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Again, there will also be an Open Skate at Harris Park from 6:00-9:00 p.m. that day.
If the above stuff sounds a lot like last week's column, that's because it is the same as last week. Not only was I too lazy to rewrite it, I was too lazy to rewrite it! Besides I think it is all well worth repeating!
Mineral Point's holiday events begin Friday night November 30 with It's a Wonderful Weekend of Holiday shopping and activities, with music, late shopping and treats. It continues on Saturday with CANDLELIGHT SHOPPING from 5-9 p.m., carolers, roasted chestnuts and more. Stroll the streets lined with luminaries and enjoy a magical evening.
Highland kicks off its holiday season on November 30 with "Holidays in Highland." There will be Wagon Ride Caroling leaving from church parking lot (top of Main St.) at 7:00 p.m. The Highland Girl Scouts will be serving hot cocoa and cookies. Then on Saturday, the event continues with Breakfast with Santa at Highland Fire Station from 8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m., a craft & Vendor Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., a Live Reindeer Exhibit from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Spurgeon's Wine, Food & Music - 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a Lighting of Luminaries at 6:00 p.m., a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and Ugly Sweater Contest at The Bar Stool Sports Pub at 9:00 p.m.

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