Last Saturday, November 25th, was a busy day for the children of Belle Plaine. The Belle Plaine Community Development Corp. hosted Santa’s Workshop. The kids made holiday crafts and reindeer feed and then frosted some holiday cookies. This was held in the basement of the American
Legion while a craft show was held upstairs.
Before the Workshop, there was Lunch with Santa at the Library. Santa was there to hear the wish list of any child who approached him (he can be kind of a scary guy to the little ones). The kids munched on hot dogs and cookies and seemed to be enjoying themselves.
The free movie this year was Smurfs. As the people were coming out of the King Theater, they all seemed to have smiles on their faces.
Free horse drawn covered wagon rides were next on the agenda. The team of Percheron draft horses were waiting patiently for riders to get out of the movie theater. The horses were beautiful and had wonderful temperaments. They are a pair of sister from the Victor area. Their owner, a young man who is just 19, told me that he had been handling horses for as long as he could remember. His grandfather was his mentor and inspiration for the joy he finds working with horses. He told me that when he and his grandfather were at a horse sale several years ago and this team came up for bid, he was a little hesitant to bid on the huge animals, but his grandpa was sure they could be worked with and would make a fine team. His grandfather has since passed away but the owner of
these two horses informed me that he thinks purchasing the team was one of the smarted things his grandfather ever did. The horses are so well trained that they can be right beside the railroad tracks and the train whistle will blow and the horses won’t even flinch. As we were riding down 13th Street, a few cars didn’t want to go as slowly as the wagon was moving so they went around us and it didn’t faze the Percherons.
At 5 o’clock hot cocoa and cookies were served in front of the library as we gathered around the town’s Christmas Tree waiting for it to be lighted. After a couple of false starts, the tree glowed with blue and white lights. Everybody there sang Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and then we all headed home to get warm.