Week of Holiday Wonders promotes local businesses

By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

The Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce has introduced a full week long schedule of events to the annual Christmas Stroll. The week promises to hold something for everyone whether it is delicious food, gifts for the whole family or just an excuse to get out of the house.

Deals of the week begin on Monday and a full list of businesses and their daily specials can be found on the Week of Holiday Wonders ad which was published in the Nov. 17 issue of the I-O.

There will be a “Warm Up to Winter” bonfire on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Conrad Swimming Pool parking lot. There will be hayrides and caroling. Popcorn and hot cocoa will be served by the Chamber and dinner will be available from Mike Harding. The Conrad Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring the fire.

The unveiling of the Christmas trees and wreaths for the auction will be on Thursday at the Conrad Moose Lodge with a no-host hamburger and fries dinner from 6-7 p.m.

Friday is the busiest day with arts and crafts venders set up in the Pondera Center at 311 S. Virginia St. from 3-8 p.m., the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. in front of the Pondera County Courthouse and the tree auction at 7:30 p.m. in the Moose Lodge.

There will be an invocation during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony with carols and hot cocoa.

Also going on that day, Santa will be at Stockman Bank from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Lions Club will be serving up their famous burgers from 5-9 p.m. in the Pure Bliss Cycle Sales parking lot and the Conrad Public Library will have a recital at 6:45 p.m.

The Chamber is helping to promote businesses by offering the chance to win $100 in Chamber Bucks for those who fill out their “Passport to the Holiday Season” card. There will also be a contest for the best dressed business.

For more information on the Christmas Stroll, please contact Bev Widhalm at 278-5698 or Barbie Killion at 271-2500.

Annual Tree Auction in the works

The Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce is again putting on their Tree Auction at the Moose Lodge on Dec. 2.

For the auction, local businesses were asked to decorate a tree, wreath, cross or candy cane to be auctioned off to benefit the Chamber.

The Chamber then uses the proceeds to buy new Christmas decorations for Main Street and puts the rest in their general fund.

Bidders get the tree along with all of the items to go with it.

A big success last year was the “Cancer Tree”. It will be brought back this year and Olson’s Drug, Conrad Building Center and Conrad Tire are working on the decorations for it. Businesses and individuals can contribute to the tree by “purchasing” a snowflake, in advance of the auction, for a cancer victim or survivor. The person’s name will be displayed on the snowflake and placed on the tree. Snowflakes must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Dec. 1.

The money earned from the sales of snowflakes will be turned into Chamber Bucks to be auctioned off with the “Cancer Tree”. Chamber Bucks can be used at any Chamber business in the Conrad area.

This tree is valued based on the amount of gift certificates and merchandise on and under the tree.

The “Cancer Tree” will remain on display at Creative Addictions until after Christmas but the winning bidder will leave with the Chamber Bucks and other merchandise related with their purchase.

Two-thirds of the purchase price of the tree will benefit the Conrad Community Cancer Foundation (CCF). The foundation works hard to benefit cancer patients in the Conrad area by providing gas cards and other necessities to those going to appointments and treatments. CCF does not base their criteria on income and anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer and lives in Pondera County may apply.

Each year the Chamber will pick a different organization to benefit from the special tree. The remaining third of the purchase price will be returned to the Chamber.