Grand Meander could enjoy record weather

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Living window scenes (above) and ice sculptures by local artists Jim Schooley (below), Frank Boever and Perry Polson will be among the many reasons to participate in the Grand Meander from 5-9 p.m. Monday. (File photos)

Plenty of opportunities to enjoy holiday event

"I hear the temperatures are going to be around 55 and that would be a record high for the event," Spencer Mainstreet Company Director Bob Rose said. The temperature records would coincide with the annual Grand Meander Spencer, scheduled from 5-9 p.m. Monday in downtown Spencer.

"One year we had temps in the 40s, but it was misty out and dreary. We've had temps near zero and we've had snow. But if the weather predictions are true, it's going to be a great day," Rose said.

Spencer Mainstreet hosts the annual holiday celebration, offering a variety of reasons for the community to come together on Grand Avenue.

"We'll have 20 live window displays featuring holiday scenes with adults, children, animals. It's just people having a great time," Rose said. "The involvement we have from the community to put this together is outstanding."

Seven hot chocolate stations, manned by volunteer members of the Iowa Lakes Community College men's and women's soccer squads, will offer free refreshments.

Three area artists - Jim Schooley, Perry Polson and Frank Boever - will be creating ice sculptures along the walking tour.

TUBAChristmas will perform at Bogenrief Studios at approximately 6 p.m. and Rose is hopeful, if the weather is nice, the musicians might also perform on the Grand Avenue and West Fourth Street corner near Midwest Piano.

Rose noted recommendations during the Blue Zones kickoff celebration on Thursday.

"They talked about the importance of social gatherings in a community and how beneficial they are to a person's health. Grand Meander is a great social event, as are a number of promotions we have downtown. It's about people out on the street, socializing, having some fun and seeing some people they might not have seen for a while," Rose said.

He continued, "Socializing with friends is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. We need to do that. We get so busy and caught up in our jobs and activities that sometimes we forget to be neighborly."

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