The city of Linden is gearing up for some winter fun this weekend, with the 2012 Holiday Happening, presented by its Parks & Recreation department and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Organizer Marguerite Plumb said it will include a parade, horse drawn carriage rides, food, an art fair by Linden High School students — and more.
The parade, always a favorite part of Holiday Happening, will be at noon on Saturday. Santa will be riding along the parade route, along with Grand Marshal Scott Wogen. Linden Parks & Recreation selected Wogen because of his many hours of service and his dedication to the city, Plumb said.
Wogen is on Linden’s Beautification Committee and its DDA.
“He’s known by a lot of people around here for the work he does,” she said.
Another important person in the parade is Linden High School student Amanda Kennedy, who is this year’s Snow Queen, Plumb said. Kennedy was chosen based upon her written application, in which she said one of her greatest interests is interacting with others.
After the parade, there will be hot chocolate and cookies provided by the Linden Lions Club, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Price Crane Robinsons Post #4642, 105 Mill St. Also after the parade, children can have their pictures taken with Santa at the Linden Sweet Shoppe, 109 N. Bridge St.
A Secret Santa Shoppe and Craft Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, at Linden Elementary School, 400 S. Bridge St.
Earlier on Saturday, children can share Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hyatt Elementary School, 325 Stan Eaton Dr. in Linden.
Linden High School’s Competitive Art Show will be on display at the Masonic Lodge, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
And the Linden Mills Museum will be open for tours and craft making, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Plumb said. Visitors can see local history on display as they tour the museum, on the top two floors of the Linden Library, 201 N. Main St.
Friday night will feature another favorite Holiday Happening event, Shopping in Da Moonlight. It will be from 5 to 10 p.m. in downtown Linden, as local businesses stay open late for holiday customers. The Masons will have pasties on sale from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, at their lodge, 119 N. Bridge St.
There will be 19 decorated Christmas trees downtown, trimmed by Linden Community Schools students, scouts and a variety of school organizations, Plumb added. And gingerbread houses made by elementary students will be on display at Linden businesses. The winning classroom of gingerbread makers will receive a pizza party, and those who win the tree decorating contest will receive certificates, she said.
Also on Friday, the luminaries will be lit at 6 p.m., and the free horse drawn carriage rides will be available from the VFW Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the lights will be lit at the gazebo and the winners of the tree and gingerbread house contests will be announced. The Faith Baptist Church Choir will lead singing at the gazebo. And the Linden United Methodist Church will have a live Nativity scene, with music and refreshments, at 7:30 p.m.