Weather for the MayPort Community Club WinterFest 2020 seemed heaven-sent, no ice and slush in the street for the parade, no snow on the banks of Mayville Bowl as fireworks burst in the evening sky.
One spectator stated succinctly, “It’s winter without snow, but it’s not Christmas without snow.”
WinterFest returns Dec. 2-4 to Mayville, Portland and welcome visitors. Here’s the three-day breakdown.
Thursday, Dec. 2 opens at 6:30 p.m. with a craft fair for all ages, hosted by Tattered Attic, inside the Mayville Armory, which will be a busy holiday venue.
Friday, Dec. 3 has more than nine hours of holiday fun scheduled. Streets and parking lots will fill with WinterFest traffic.
• There will be an open house from 1 to 6 p.m. at Finley Motors of Mayville. “It was their idea,” Cassie Braaten, chair of the MPCC WinterFest Committee, told the Tribune.
• Story Hour at 3:30 p.m. inside the Mayville Public Library.
• Santa Claus, no doubt the first of several, will welcome children young and old from 4:30 to 6 p.m. inside Goose River Bank.
• There will be chili, hot and hearty, inside Goose River Lodge at 5 p.m.
• Hardware Hank will serve hot chocolate from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sorry, no lefse this year.
• The Parade of Lights rolls down Main Street at 6:30 p.m.
• Fireworks, sponsored by First State Bank, will sparkle and burst from the Mayville Bowl at 7 p.m., at which time the bank will serve hot cocoa.
• Early Christmas shoppers will find the doors open from 8 to 10 p.m. at the WinterFest Bazaar inside the Mayville Armory. Gate City Bank will sponsor free gift-wrapping from 8 to 9 p.m. (Good, because I’m all thumbs.)
Saturday, Dec. 4 the Mayville Armory will be a beehive of activity.
• From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the WinterFest Bazaar will continue and May-Port CG will raise funds selling caramel rolls, coffee, and ham-and-cheese sandwiches, beginning at 10 a.m.
“We have two vendor spots left as of Nov. 9. It’s filled up,” Braaten told the Tribune. “Families can stay and eat.”
• They’ll have a little more than an hour to clear out the vendors and prepare tables for Bingo inside the Armory at 3 p.m.
• By 5 p.m., Mayville Fire and Rescue will raise funds inside the Armory with a dinner of sloppy joes, chips, cookies and a drink. There will be a charge for a second sloppy joe.
• Portland Fire and Rescue will hold the department’s annual supper at 5:30 p.m. inside Norsemen Hall. It’s open to the public for an admission fee.
For the second year, sponsors will set up Christmas light displays inside Willowwood Campground with a nightly drive-through gate collected by local charities and non-profits. Winter Wonderland will be open nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4-26.
Please watch http://www.mayvilleportland.com/winterfest for all schedules and updates
Article by James R. Johnson – Traill County Tribune