Edgerton ready for second annual Home for the Holidays
EDGERTON—Alternating between shades of light and dark blue, Nancy Platner painted small strokes on a downtown Edgerton storefront window on a recent afternoon.
The blocky paint strokes eventually would morph into gift boxes. Down the block, Platner’s finished window paintings included wreaths, Christmas trees and a Grinch replica that could make Dr. Seuss envious.
“Most people don’t tell me what to do. If they want, I give them an idea ahead of time, and people have suggestions,” she said. “But typically I just come and paint. I try to make them all individual. The three I have done are all a little different.”
Platner’s work helped decorate Edgerton for Saturday’s second annual Home for the Holidays. The fledgling winter festival includes a parade, Lights at Central Park, a tree-lighting ceremony and other Christmas-themed activities.
The Edgerton Public Library will host some events, including stories and crafts beginning at 9 a.m. It also will offer cookie decorating and allow visitors to write letters to military members, volunteer Jenny Salvo said.
The library also will be the hub for free horse and wagon rides, a new feature this year.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, the parade will begin downtown, and organizers will light a Christmas tree outside the former train depot. Lights at Central Park, a drive-through display, will have its opening night and remain open through the holidays, Salvo said.
Vannie Gogh, a new social art business housed at the depot, will host step-by-step painting sessions. Those are already sold out, co-owner Brian Dudgeon said.
Saturday will be Vannie Gogh’s first official day of business after holding a few one-off events the past several weeks. It will be a busy first day, but Dudgeon is eager to spread holiday cheer.
“I love the kids’ reactions when they see the sleigh and the reindeer out there because they look very lifelike,” Dudgeon said. “I think the kids’ faces (is the most exciting part) because there’s been commercials for Christmas but not full-blown. This gives a sense of reality, like hey, it’s right around the corner.”
Dudgeon hopes Home for the Holidays becomes something that attracts people to Edgerton and increases downtown foot traffic.
Salvo and other organizers agree.
“That’s our whole goal,” she said. “To bring tourists and residents out for the holidays and see what Edgerton has to offer.”