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Ely-area holiday events celebrate the season

Keith Vandervort
Posted 12/2/21

ELY - The Christmas season is here and local organizations are planning festive events to celebrate the holidays.Todd Crego of Ely Area Television is producing a Celebrate the Season holiday and …

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Ely-area holiday events celebrate the season

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ELY - The Christmas season is here and local organizations are planning festive events to celebrate the holidays.
Todd Crego of Ely Area Television is producing a Celebrate the Season holiday and variety show again this year. He developed a televised show last year as the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to live entertainment events.
This year, local artists and entertainers recorded sessions at the Cykoart Productions Inc. studio for showing on the local public access cable channels, and Crego is also planning to present the show live at Ely’s Historic State Theater on Dec. 15 and Dec. 22.
“We will have COVID-19 public health protocols in place,” he added.
The recorded show will be available for viewing on local cable channels 11 and 98 from Dec. 15 through the holiday season.
The hour-plus show features Christmas-related music, singing, dancing, and storytelling from local artists, including Bernie Palcher, Sara Skelton, Barb Cary Hall, Joey Kenig, Lisa Fuglie of Monroe Crossing, Keiko Williams and Kathleen Floberg, the Ely Public Library staff, and a community choir, according to Crego.
Crego is assisted by Curt Laine and Jacob White from the non-profit Cykoart production company.
The Northwoods Partners Festival of Trees runs through Sunday, Dec. 5. The lobby of the Grand Ely Lodge is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and a holiday boutique. Back by popular demand this year are the Chairs for Care.  Each chair has been designed by local artists and crafters. Bidding and the boutique close at noon on Sunday, Dec. 5. For more information on Northwoods Partners Festival of Trees, contact Lisa Porthan at 218-365-8019.
Ice skate with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ron Castellano Arena in Babbitt. The event is hosted by the Babbitt Figure Skating Club. Come out and enjoy free skating, dinner, hot chocolate, fire with s’mores, and a coloring contest. A festive-wear contest will also be held.
The Chamber’s annual Mrs. Claus Party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Grand Ely Lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be outside welcoming children and families for drive-thru goodie bag pick-up from 1-2 p.m. The traditional indoor event they hoped to have that afternoon is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Everyone is asked to remain in their vehicles while helper elves deliver goodie bags to youth.  Santa and Mrs. Claus are excited the event is still taking place and thank everyone for their understanding.

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