By Mick Holien
Amidst IMO’s radio vocalist career the calendar turns to the 12th month of 2017 and gently after last weekend’s fanfare into the Christmas, albeit don’t utter holiday, season.
And as been written before in this corner there’s just no better excuse for a parade than a burg like ours.
Minus a bit of flaky white coverage, I guess we’ll have to settle for the Missions, we’ll have to settle for a near freezing thermometer reading to welcome for start of the annual affair at 5 p.m. but don’t get fooled and think that the start of the parade, it isn’t, when imo happily continues.
Stores remain open at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. but due to traffic considerations Santa Claus isn’t kicking off the parade till 6 p.m.
Downtown Polson activities include food vendors of course with hot chocolate, a fire pit with smores and some kid activities.
In addition to downtown activities there’s music at the High School at 7 p.m.
Downtown activities are all sponsored by the Polson Business Community.
Ronan will kick off its weekend month-long celebration called “Lights Under the Big Sky” at 5 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds, which incidentally was mistakenly mislocated in a newspaper headline Thursday as being located in Polson. It is still in Ronan.
The 4-H Bazaar with tons of kid’s crafts is located in the Horticulture Barn from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. with workshops beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Fire pits accompanied by seating are strategically placed around the outside activities to keep things toasty and the entire area is lit to prompt some additional Christmas spirit.
A definite family-friendly event the Ronan activities will run for three December weekends through Dec 16.
And you want to check out a schedule of all the festivities go to www.bigskylights.org.
And again, Merry Christmas…just sayin’