An ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ in Delano

The 4th Annual Old Fashioned Christmas event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 in downtown Delano from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sponsoring organization, Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture, promises beautiful art objects, music, stories and drama for the whole family in this free holiday event.

All of downtown Delano will be open and festive. The main attraction is an Art Walk inside hosting downtown businesses. Area artists will exhibit and sell their unique creations in time for holiday gift giving.

Delano artist Sarah Plese will make her fourth appearance on the Art Walk. Her hand hewn jewelry is created using traditional metal smith techniques. Copper, stones, beads and other found objects accent the sterling silver jewelry.

Joe Mueller and his wife have been landscape/garden designers and installers for many years. From salvaged wood he build arbors and herb boxes for gardens. From scraps of the wood he began making small treasure boxes and other wood items. Currently he has been focused on what he calls “objects of useful beauty”, which include spatulas, spoons, coffee scoops, salt boxes, and cutting boards. And he still makes the little treasure boxes.

Pamela Davis is a fabric artist who takes her projects all the way from the birth of her Shetland and Icelandic sheep, to processing their fleece into yarn, and then to knitting or felting a final piece. She hand spins the yarn for clothing or fiber art pieces.

Family members from pre-school age to senior citizens will find a performance or activity to enjoy during Old Fashioned Christmas. Children will especially enjoy the offerings in song and story at the Senior Center. Senior writers and singers are preparing a program at 10:30 that day titled “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

The Delano Library is sponsoring a holiday ornament decorating project. Abrakadoodle will be on hand to help young artists make a swirled paint ornament in a glass bulb. This activity is ongoing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children can participate in the holiday hunt and look for winter and holiday costumed characters who will be greeting visitors on downtown streets. All will receive a gift bag and have a chance to win prizes.

Delano City Hall on Bridge and 2nd Streets is headquarters for maps and schedules for all activities and locations of the artists.