Hanging of the Greens organizers made a few changes this year. After last year's somewhat miserable weather experience, they decided to switch from the long garlands of greenery that were hung under the eaves of the boardwalk canopy to sprays of greenery hung from the canopy support posts. The new arrangement was easier to assemble but still provides the community with a festive look, according to Kathy Borgman, executive director of Friends of Arrow Rock.
The Hanging of the Greens is a long-observed tradition in Arrow Rock, but traditions sometimes need adjustment.
This year, the event was moved up a week on the calendar. Rather than the usual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving, organizers took advantage of the Lyceum Theatre's last weekend of the season and other local activities in an effort to get a better crowd, according to Kathy Borgman, executive director of the Friends of Arrow Rock.
The weather cooperated better this year.
Santa Claus took refuge in the J. Huston Tavern this year, setting up shop in the mercantile room. Parker Hanson, left, and Ava Hanson, right, prepare to discuss their Christmas wishes with Santa. Parker and Ava are the grandchildren of Michelle Hanson of Marshall.
Saturday, Nov. 17, was warm and sunny. Last year, the weather did not cooperate. Cold rain reduced the crowd and made hanging evergreen garlands a less pleasant task.
This year, organizers opted for evergreen sprays, which were hung from canopy posts along the village boardwalk.
"It's a little change in tradition," Borgman said.
Another change was the location of Santa Claus. He and Mrs. Claus still arrived in town riding an Arrow Rock Community Fire Department truck, but instead of holding court on the boardwalk, the jolly pair set up in the J. Huston Tavern mercantile room, where they entertained children and listened to their Christmas wishes.
Mary Burge, perennial song leader at the annual Hanging of the Greens event, hands out music to traditional Christmas songs as caroling begins Saturday, Nov. 17, on the boardwalk in Arrow Rock.
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