The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has several things going on this weekend.
The annual Holiday Sampler Open House is Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. as area retailers gear up for the big weekend with activities.
Partakers can sample holiday goodies and collect recipes as they travel from business to business enjoying the decorated holiday windows. The Chamber of Commerce on the southwest corner of the square is starting point to get the collector recipe cardholder and the list of participating businesses.
Recipes in the Sampler this year include Sugar Cookies Chex Mix at The Gypsy Quarter, Cheesecake Cranberry Bars and Tangleberries, Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts at Dannco, Santa Hat Brownies at Bonnie’s Needful Things, and Cranberry Meatballs at Dannco. There are many more goodies that will be available to sample at other stores with recipes provided.
“This is the twelfth year for the Holiday Sampler,” stated Joyce Bieber, executive director of the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “It has become a holiday tradition for many people in the area and we have shopper who come from out of town each year to visit our stores and participate in the fun.”
Many retailers have extended holiday hours and are open on Sundays through Christmas.
Santa Claus will be in his house on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and again on Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Free trolley rides will be available leaving from the Santa house.
An then there is the annual Community Live Nativity Saturday at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. The production includes a children’s choir and choir of angels.