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By Carol Ballard& Roger BianchiniWarren County ReportAter a ribbon cutting and Procla-mation o positive cultural and eco-nomic impact on the town read by Front Royal Mayor im Darr on thenal evening o November, on Satur-day, Dec. 1, the 9th Annual Christ-kindlmarkt Festival was held rom6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Village Com-mons next to the Gazebo at the junc-tion o Chester and Main Streets.Te annual event, increasingly now a landmark o our local holi-day season, reminds us that Christis still an integral part o the Christ-mas season, along with the type o small, independent business andcratsmanship that surely provideda manger or the baby Jesus (we arepretty sure the Holy Family did notshop at Walmart). It is a wholesome,amily-riendly, ree event extend-ing an opportunity or local cratersand artisans to display and sell theirwares.Te “Winter Wonderland” includ-ed 18-inch snowakes and orna-ments in the trees, giant Nutcrack-ers, sing-along caroling, a Christmasconcert and crat and ood vendorsset up in the market area.Returning by popular demand wasworld-amous “Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle-Boy” again encour-aging audience participation andplaying to lots o laughs and ap-plause. Other events and peror-mances included: easy viewing o Front Royal’s Downtown Holiday Pa-rade on Dec. 1 as Christkindlmarktprovided day-long shopping optionsalong the parade route down EastMain and up Chester; a Challenge o the Choirs; the Silent Monks o theShenandoah’s “silent” interpretationo Beethoven’s musically immortal“Hallelujah Chorus”; horse carriageand wagon rides; Paws ‘n’ ClausPictures with Santa, the proceedso which will benet the HumaneSociety o Warren County; special(nearly resurrection) perormancesby Elvis (our own Richard Parker);Storybook Cottage with a caricatureartist, story readings and games;musical interlude by Abby Lopez;Karin & yson Herman’s PALS orChrist Ministry; a moustache andbeard competition; Amanda Simonsopening ceremony “National An-them”; coee & cookies provided by the Salvation Army; holiday crats,ood an products provided by Ar-lene Narron Antiques, Dave & CarolFeiring, ony ’s Apple Farm &Kitchen, Vino e Formaggio (thanksor the parade pass o my missingscar, Christian), Gingerbread menand houses and cookies, Front RoyalChurch o the Brethren, Jo & omDickinson’s Computer Medical Cen-ter, Beach Bun tanning & AirbrushSalon, Te Git Basket Boutique,Te Wood Carver (Steve’s CarvedSigns), and even the town-county Economic Development Authority (whose continuing git to the com-munity is the ongoing cleanup andpending redevelopment o the or-mer American Viscose-FMC-Avtexproperty).Christkindlmarkt and its drivingorce, Steve and Maggie Sill o TeHeaven Sent Shoppe also thankssponsors State Farm, Edward JonesInvestments, Americana Signs &Engraving, Rappahannock ElectricCooperative, Jean’s Jewelers andCrim’s railer Service.
Christkindlmarkt’s 9th Annual seasonal shopping bonanza
Ribbon cut - where’d it go? Tree lights on - and the sky is ...not alling. Mayor Darr, and organizers Maggie and Steve Sillofcially open Christkindlmarkt 2012.Mr. & Mrs. Claus join elves and live Gingerbread people tocelebrate opening o Christkindlemarkt.Does anyone really know what time it is? - Skater cutouts cir-cle the town sundial at Christkindlmarkt the evening o Nov.30.
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